volte-face

noun
\ ˌvȯlt-ˈfäs How to pronounce volte-face (audio) , ˌvȯl-tə- \

Definition of volte-face

: a reversal in policy : about-face

First Known Use of volte-face

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for volte-face

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

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“Volte-face.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volte-face. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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volte-face

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English Language Learners Definition of volte-face

chiefly British, formal : a complete change of attitude or opinion

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