- 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.
- to execute an about face.
- to turn in the opposite direction.
- to switch to an opposite opinion.
Origin of about-face
- (used as a military command to perform an about-face).
Origin of about face
Related Words for about-faceU-turn, turnaround, turnabout, reversal, reverse, double, turn, switch, repeal, retraction, change, volte-face
Examples from the Web for about-face
Contemporary Examples of about-face
Asked to explain the about-face, Bush blamed the shifting political sands.Are Republicans the New Democrats?
March 7, 2013
Yet such an about-face seems unlikely, at least according to one rank-and-file Brotherhood member.Deaths of Gaber Salah, Islam Masoud Signal Egypt’s Dangerous Divisions
November 27, 2012
But such an about-face by the stubborn government seems unlikely.Memogate Brings Pakistan to the Edge
January 16, 2012
Areheart thought this about-face happened because Jackson suddenly felt “terribly exposed,” in a way he had never done before.When Jackie Met Jacko
December 4, 2010
In eight months, you have done an about-face and taken this country in a much more sane direction.A Prize With a Price
October 9, 2009
Historical Examples of about-face
For answer, Phil caught her by the arm and turned her about-face.The Spoilers of the Valley
She had a strong desire to about-face and return to Harlowe House.Grace Harlowe's Problem
Jessie Graham Flower
He had sternly informed her that she must about-face and do better.Marjorie Dean, High School Junior
We did an about-face at 12th Street and double-timed back to the folks.
A strong desire possesses us to about-face and back to the woods again.The New North
Agnes Deans Cameron