volte-face

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

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Noun[edit]

volte-face

  1. a reversal of policy, attitude or principle

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Italian volta-faccia, itself from voltare (to turn) + faccia (face).

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Noun[edit]

volte-face f (plural volte-face or volte-faces)

  1. U-turn; about face (act of turning round 180 degrees)
  2. (figuratively) U-turn; volte-face