About-turn Definition

noun
A turn of 180 degrees, typically in a military formation.
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Total reversal of opinion or attitude.
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(UK, military) Of a formation of soldiers, to reverse the direction in which they are facing; an about face. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]

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(UK, figuratively, idiomatic) A complete change of opinion, direction, etc. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]

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Synonyms:
about-face
verb
(intransitive) To turn 180 degrees, typically in a military formation.
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(intransitive, military) To turn to face the opposite direction. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]
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Turnabout, turn about, turn-about.

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Other Word Forms of About-turn

Noun

Singular:
about-turn
Plural:
about-turns

Origin of About-turn

  • From the imperative phrase used in the military.

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