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about-face (plural about-faces)

  1. (military) An abrupt turn to face the opposite direction.
    The soldier did an about-face and marched off.
  2. A reversal in direction; reversal of attitude or opinion.
    When Luke heard the news, he did an abrupt about-face on the policy.
    • 2021 March 23, David Von Drehle, “Sidney Powell does an about-face on her Stop the Steal claims”, in Washington Post[1], ISSN 0190-8286:
      Sidney Powell does an about-face on her Stop the Steal claims [title]
    • 2021 July 8, Sheera Frenkel; Cecilia Kang, quoting Mark Zuckerberg, “Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s Partnership Did Not Survive Trump”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      In yet another about-face decision on speech, Mr. Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was planning to de-emphasize political content in the News Feed because, he said, “people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our service.”



about-face (third-person singular simple present about-faces, present participle about-facing, simple past and past participle about-faced)

  1. (intransitive) To turn 180 degrees to face the opposite direction
    The soldiers would about-face immediately after the order was given.
  2. To change opinion or attitude drastically.
    A politician will about-face at the drop of a hat if he thinks there are votes in it.


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