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about turn

US about face

  1. a military command to a formation of men to reverse the direction in which they are facing
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noun about-turn, US about-face
  1. a complete change or reversal, as of opinion, attitude, direction, etc
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verb about-turn, US about-face
  1. (intr) to perform an about-turn
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Examples from the Web for about-turn

Historical Examples

  • It failed to hear the order "About-turn" and marched straight forward.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 28, 1914


  • But having gained it I performed an about-turn and continued to mark time there, whilst surveying the moon-bathed road behind me.