turn·​about | \ ˈtərn-ə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce turnabout (audio) \

Definition of turnabout

1a : a change or reversal of direction, trend, policy, role, or character
b : a changing from one allegiance to another
d : an act or instance of retaliating turnabout is fair play

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employees regarded the latest turnabout as a sure sign that management hadn't a clue as to what it was doing

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In another turnabout, the central government has stopped hectoring city halls to restrain spending and instead has urged them to speed up investment projects. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China Moves Cautiously in Face of Economic Slowdown," 20 Jan. 2019 The abrupt turnabout means that some security experts still place high odds of the chance of war. Bridget Coggins, Washington Post, "North and South Korea still have a long path ahead, most of it uncharted," 1 May 2018 The idea of leaving floor space empty is a dramatic turnabout for an industry that historically raced to open more stores and expand its shelf space. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Macy’s Radical Plan to Save Itself: Shrink," 12 Nov. 2018 In a turnabout, the State Council, China’s cabinet, stopped hectoring city halls and townships to restrain spending and instead last week launched an inspection to urge them to speed up already approved investment projects to re-energize growth. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 That's a sharp turnabout of treasures for the oil-rich country, which throughout the 1970s and 1980s was considered the wealthiest nation in Latin America, and a beacon of stability and prosperity for those fleeing other conflicts. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Venezuelan opposition leader laments "genocide" in his country, reveals his escape from detainment," 18 Sep. 2018 In Nevada and Florida, the turnabout is striking: Those states went from zero pro-gun control ads in 2014 to more than 45,000 this year. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Shootings Thrust Gun Control Into Campaign Ads," 18 Sep. 2018 In addition, P Town Titan, the 2-1 morning-line favorite, is making a quick seven-day turnabout and Jalisco Three, at 3-1, defeated a very soft $2,500 field in his last out. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s top 10 Kentucky Derby list is front and center," 30 Mar. 2018 The turnabout for small cars reflects more people are willing to buy smaller cars as their basic transportation. David Pan, USA TODAY, "Used car prices hit a 13-year high as more late-model cars come off lease," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of turnabout

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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turn·​about | \ ˈtərn-ə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce turnabout (audio) \

Kids Definition of turnabout

: a change from one direction or one way of thinking or acting to the opposite In a complete turnabout, he admitted that he had lied.

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