about turn

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about turn (plural about turns)

  1. (Britain, military) Of a formation of soldiers, to reverse the direction in which they are facing; an about face. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]
  2. (Britain, figuratively, idiomatic) A complete change of opinion, direction, etc. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]

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

  1. (intransitive, military) To turn to face the opposite direction. [First attested in the mid 20th century.][1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 “about turn” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 7.

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