: a turn resembling the letter U
especially : a 180-degree turn made by a vehicle in a road
: something (such as a reversal of policy) resembling a U-turn

Examples of U-turn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An international Delta flight recently made a U-turn due to a passenger’s severe case of diarrhea, which was deemed a 'biohazard' A Delta flight from Atlanta to Barcelona made national news after it was diverted due to a passenger's case of severe diarrhea last Friday. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 The move comes at a time when prices typically decline going into fall and is a U-turn after a relatively cheap summer for drivers. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2023 The deputy began a pursuit that continued into Madison County before the vehicle executed a U-turn in New Hope and re-entered Marshall County. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 5 Sep. 2023 Musk’s parents have both intervened on his behalf, hoping to stop the fight Musk’s support for a noble debate with Zuckerberg marks a sharp U-turn from his previous enthusiasm for the pair to trade physical blows. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2023 Others, in fits of frustration, flip U-turns, sometimes in the path of logging trucks and other oncoming traffic. Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 Another call alerted police that the car had made a U-turn, traveled south on Wicker Avenue, struck a vehicle and later hit a concrete barrier behind McDonald’s. Staff Report, Chicago Tribune, 26 Aug. 2023 Turkey’s central bank hiked its key interest rate by a surprisingly large 7.5 percentage points to 25% Thursday, signaling a new determination to address rebounding inflation as part of a broader policy U-turn. Reuters, CNN, 24 Aug. 2023 Read full article State Police said in April that Herzig died after a 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee with two people inside pulled over on Route 2 near the Deerfield River for a U-turn, then pulled out as Herzig’s 2005 Harley Davidson approached and then struck the SUV. Maeve Lawler, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of U-turn was in 1906

Dictionary Entries Near U-turn

Cite this Entry

“U-turn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/U-turn. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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