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A car making a U-turn.

Alternative forms[edit]


U + turn, from the similarity to the shape of the letter U.


U-turn (plural U-turns)

  1. (literally) A turn in a vehicle carried out by driving in a semicircle in order to travel in the opposite direction.
  2. (figuratively) A reversal of policy; a volte-face, a backflip
    The government have done a U-turn and are now supporting greater European integration instead of opposing it.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used in the phrases do a U-turn or make a U-turn.


  • uey (colloquial)


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U-turn (third-person singular simple present U-turns, present participle U-turning, simple past and past participle U-turned)

  1. To shift from a previous opinion or decision, to its opposite opinion or decision.

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