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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of about-face

: the act of turning to face in the opposite direction

: a complete change of attitude or opinion

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