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 The current mismatch between supply and demand is a sharp turnabout for some companies. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, "Snarled Supply Chain Trips Up Small Businesses," 21 Apr. 2021 The turnabout comes as the Biden administration struggles to keep up with the influx of migrants coming to the United States border through Mexico. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Some Trump immigration policies are good and should stay, Democrats say," 13 Apr. 2021 The oil industry’s top lobbying group will push Congress for legislation to price carbon emissions across the economy, in a sharp policy turnabout a decade after the industry helped kill a similar effort to address climate change. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Oil Lobby Backs Climate Action Plan," 25 Mar. 2021 The outcome was a stunning turnabout for Tony DeWitt, who was freed from prison in 2015 and sought to be compensated. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore man forged a police memo to get out of prison on murder charge, judge rules in tossing his wrongful arrest suit," 16 Mar. 2021 In so many plays the male characters have all the complexity while the women are thinly drawn, so perhaps this turnabout is helping to even the score. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Perfect Arrangement’ shines modern light on the bad old days | Review," 7 Mar. 2021 The rapid expansion of such shelters, known as stabilization beds, is a turnabout for the city. New York Times, "An Overnight Refuge for Homeless New Yorkers, Lost to the Pandemic," 8 Feb. 2021 Shortly after getting elected in November 2018, DeSantis did a turnabout from his predecessor and came out in support of smoking medical marijuana. Christine Sexton, sun-sentinel.com, "Medical marijuana: Wrangling over smokable pot regulations," 22 Feb. 2021 The announcement is a turnabout for the industry, which previously pushed back against government efforts to require it to provide passenger information for contact tracing. Washington Post, "U.S. airlines agree to voluntary program to speed contact-tracing efforts," 16 Feb. 2021

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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 13 May. 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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