volte-face

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See also: volte face

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French volte-face.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vɒltˈfæs/, /-ˈfɑːs/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

volte-face (plural volte-faces)

  1. A reversal of policy, attitude or principle.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, pages 67-68:
      My next stop is Oxford, which has also grown with the addition of new platforms to accommodate the Chiltern Railways service to London via Bicester - although, short sightedly, the planned electrification from Paddington was canned. Evidence of the volte-face can be seen along the line at places such as Radley, where mast piles are already sunk or lie discarded at the lineside.
    Synonyms: about-face, U-turn

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Calque of 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

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