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about–face

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noun \ə-ˈbau̇t-ˈfās\

Simple Definition of about–face

  • : the act of turning to face in the opposite direction

  • : a complete change of attitude or opinion

Full Definition of about–face

  1. 1 :  a 180° turn to the right from the position of attention

  2. 2 :  a reversal of direction

  3. 3 :  a reversal of attitude, behavior, or point of view

about–face intransitive verb

Origin of about–face

from the imperative phrase about face


First Known Use: 1861


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