right about face
or right·a·bout-face, right-a·bout-face
- a command, given to a soldier or soldiers at attention, to turn the body about toward the right so as to face in the opposite direction.
- the act of so turning in a prescribed military manner.
- rightabout(def 2).
- any complete reversal, as of conduct or opinion.
Origin of right about face
First recorded in 1805–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for right about face
Now, what is the reason of this right-about-face on the part of the poet?The Man Shakespeare
It had shocked him from his orbit and set him to the right-about-face.Satan Sanderson
Hallie Erminie Rives
It was like being dismissed from parade; a right-about-face, march!Raw Gold
Bertrand W. Sinclair
The editor of the Globe made a right-about-face—repudiating us.Tramping on Life
The general-aide-de-camp executed a right-about-face, like a soldier on parade; the Prince still smiled.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4
Charles Dudley Warner