volte-face

noun \ ˌvȯlt-ˈfäs , ˌvȯl-tə- \

Definition of volte-face

: a reversal in policy : about-face

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Origin and Etymology of volte-face

French, from Italian voltafaccia, from voltare to turn + faccia face, from Vulgar Latin *facia — more at volt, face


VOLTE-FACE Defined for English Language Learners

volte-face

noun

Definition of volte-face for English Language Learners

  • : a complete change of attitude or opinion



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