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interjection
(used as a military command to perform an about-face).
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Origin of about face

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

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about-face
[ noun uh-bout-feys, uh-bout-feys; verb uh-bout-feys ]
/ noun əˈbaʊtˌfeɪs, əˈbaʊtˈfeɪs; verb əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs /

noun
Military. a turn of 180° from the position of attention.
a complete, sudden change in position, direction, principle, attitude, etc.: They've done an about-face in their foreign policy.
verb (used without object), a·bout-faced, a·bout-fac·ing.
to execute an about face.
to turn in the opposite direction.
to switch to an opposite opinion.

Origin of about-face

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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