U-turn

noun \ ˈyü-ˌtərn \

Definition of U-turn

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

First Known Use of u-turn

1930

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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U-turn

Definition of U-turn for English Language Learners

  • : a turn that you make while driving a car, walking, etc., that causes you to begin going in the opposite direction : a 180-degree turn

  • : a complete change of ideas, plans, etc.


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