turnabout

noun
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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Examples of turnabout in a Sentence

employees regarded the latest turnabout as a sure sign that management hadn't a clue as to what it was doing
Recent Examples on the Web Advocates for pain treatment have complained that this turnabout has gone too far, and the CDC recently advised doctors against suddenly discontinuing opioids. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Inside Purdue Pharma’s Media Playbook: How It Planted the Opioid “Anti-Story”," 19 Nov. 2019 The turnabout by the administration came amid a backlash at its decision over the summer to exempt more oil refineries from a requirement to include ethanol, a biofuel often derived from corn, in their blends. BostonGlobe.com, "PRIMGHAR, Iowa — In measured but increasingly impatient tones, Midwestern farmers and politicians delivered a message to President Trump: Fix the policies hurting corn prices and prompting ethanol plants to close, or risk alienating one of the most loyal parts of your political base.," 8 Oct. 2019 The turnabout by the administration came amid a backlash at its decision over the summer to exempt more oil refineries from a requirement to include ethanol, a biofuel often derived from corn, in their blends. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "A Trump Policy Shift Gives Farmers in Key 2020 States ‘Exactly What We Wanted’," 7 Oct. 2019 While turnabout seems fair play, that just isn’t the American Way. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: America still is great. But my European vacation allowed me to reassess what it does best.," 19 June 2019 The turnabout illustrates how the fashion industry, which once eyed Alibaba with suspicion, is now flocking to it in order to reach China’s luxury-hungry shoppers. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Alibaba’s Tmall is becoming luxury fashion’s online gateway to China," 9 Oct. 2019 That’s a remarkable turnabout for a program that hasn’t finished higher than sixth in the SEC in scoring since 2011. Steve Megargee, San Diego Union-Tribune, "STAT WATCH: No. 4 LSU has nation’s highest-scoring offense," 22 Sep. 2019 The testimony in federal court in Manhattan was a dramatic turnabout for a performer who had gone out of his way to portray himself as a legitimate gang member. NBC News, "Tekashi 6ix9ine turns on former gang, testifies for prosecution at trial," 18 Sep. 2019 The writedown is a swift turnabout for Altria's investment in Juul. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Altria slashes value of its Juul stake by $4.5 billion amid vaping concerns," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of turnabout

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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13 Jan 2020

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“Turnabout.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnabout. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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turnabout

noun
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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