: a 180° turn to the right from the position of attention
: a reversal of direction
: a reversal of attitude, behavior, or point of view
about-face intransitive verb

Examples of about-face in a Sentence

the candidate's frequent about-faces on issues disturbs many voters
Recent Examples on the Web The grill industry isn’t a stranger to slumps or about-face shifts in consumer demand. Erika Tulfo, CNN, 30 June 2024 Not all progressives agreed with the caucus’s about-face. Jonathan B. Petkun, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 The program represents an about-face from policies that for years focused on short-term group shelters and the ceaseless shuffle of encampments from one city block to the next. R.j. Rico and Jesse Bedayn, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 June 2024 Listen to this article New York City Comptroller Brad Lander wants to know what sparked Gov. Hochul’s about-face on congestion pricing. Evan Simko-Bednarski, New York Daily News, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for about-face 

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Word History


from the imperative phrase about face, from about entry 1 + face entry 2

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of about-face was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“About-face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/about-face. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a reversal of direction
: a reversal of attitude or point of view
about-face verb

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