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[yoo-turn] /ˈyuˌtɜrn/
a U -shaped turn made by a vehicle so as to head in the opposite direction from its original course.
a reversal of policy, tactics, or the like, resembling such a maneuver.
verb (used without object)
to execute a U-turn:
to U-turn into oncoming traffic.
Origin of U-turn
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He put the groundcar in drive again, and made a U-turn in the highway.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • No U-turn on through streets and no left turns out of alleys.

    North Dakota Various
  • He twisted the car into the traffic again, and with a swift U-turn, headed the coupe toward home.

  • Watch for stop signs and street signals; no U-turn on through streets; turns in either direction at intersections.

    North Dakota Various
  • They exchanged so-longs, and Kavaalen backed, and made a U-turn, moving off in the direction of Rosemont.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for U-turn


a turn made by a vehicle in the shape of a U, resulting in a reversal of direction
a complete change in direction of political or other policy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for U-turn

1934, from u + turn (n.). So called in reference to the shape of the path described.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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