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 This is a remarkable turnabout, given that drug makers have regularly been pilloried over pricing. Ed Silverman, STAT, "By looking the other way, pharma money helped fuel a toxic political atmosphere in the U.S.," 12 Feb. 2021 That amounted to a turnabout just one week before the election. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "McConnell Blocks Vote on $2,000 Checks Despite G.O.P. Pressure," 29 Dec. 2020 Surely the 76-point turnabout is another record of some kind. Dallas News, "With revenge on their minds, Mavericks get the season back on track in historic blowout win over Clippers," 28 Dec. 2020 In a turnabout, Sweden imposes new coronavirus restrictions: After months of letting the virus run its course in a national herd immunity approach, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven introduced a new set of restrictions at a news conference Monday. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 13-19," 22 Nov. 2020 The turnabout in views regarding a $15 wage base has been head-spinning. Editors, USA TODAY, "Senate's veto override vote, New Year's Day, minimum wage jumps: 5 things to know Friday," 1 Jan. 2021 But weather models for the week, reflecting a turnabout from what forecasts saw just last week, remain shaky, said meteorologist Brian Garcia. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "You better not pout: Bay Area could see rain on Christmas," 20 Dec. 2020 The turnabout came even as multiple drugmakers reported strong vaccine results, sparking bets that economic activity can return to normal sometime next year. Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg.com, "Retail Investors Pocket Gains With Eye Toward Bumpy Year-End," 7 Dec. 2020 The return of rush hour crowds to many parts of the system is a stark turnabout from the height of the pandemic, when the subway’s usual 5.5 million weekday riders had practically vanished. New York Times, "Crowded Subways? Yes, in Neighborhoods Where People Have to Go to Work," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of turnabout

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of turnabout was in 1789

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“Turnabout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnabout. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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