about-face

noun
\ ə-ˈbau̇t-ˈfās How to pronounce about-face (audio) \

Definition of about-face

1 : a 180° turn to the right from the position of attention
2 : a reversal of direction
3 : a reversal of attitude, behavior, or point of view

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about-face intransitive verb

First Known Use of about-face

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for about-face

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

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“About-face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/about-face. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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