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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 (Australian & US, colloquial), U-ie (Australian & US, colloquial), Uwey (Australian & US, colloquial),


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