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turnabout

[turn-uh-bout] /ˈtɜrn əˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
the act of turning in a different or opposite direction.
2.
a change of opinion, loyalty, etc.
3.
a reciprocal action; act of doing to someone exactly as that person has done to oneself or another:
Turnabout is fair play.
4.
a person who changes things; a radical.
5.
Chiefly British. merry-go-round.
Origin of turnabout
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; noun use of verb phrase turn about
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Examples from the Web for turnabout
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  • turnabout may not always be fair play in the gulfs between the stars.

    No Hiding Place Richard R. Smith
  • In the course of its fighting the monster may have to turnabout.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • That is—until there was a question of turnabout being fair play in a world where natives took their skinning literally!

    Skin Game Charles E. Fritch
British Dictionary definitions for turnabout

turnabout

/ˈtɜːnəˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
the act of turning so as to face a different direction
2.
a change or reversal of opinion, attitude, etc
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