about-face

noun \ ə-ˈbau̇t-ˈfās \

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

about-face

intransitive verb

Origin and Etymology of about-face

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


ABOUT-FACE Defined for English Language Learners

about-face

noun

Definition of about-face for English Language Learners

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

  • : a complete change of attitude or opinion



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