heel turn

[ heel-turn ]

  1. Professional Wrestling. a dramatic change of persona from a heroic face character to a villainous heel character.: See also heel3 (def. 2), face (def. 19).

  2. a reversal of position or direction, especially a change in character or affiliation perceived as abandoning a righteous or heroic course in pursuit of an unscrupulous or villainous one: The governor’s heel turn on healthcare will harm his constituents while lining his re-election coffers.

Origin of heel turn

First recorded in 1895–1900 as a maneuver in skating; 1990–95 for def. 1 and 2010–15 for def. 2

Words Nearby heel turn

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