right about face

or right·a·bout-face, right-a·bout-face

  1. Military.
    1. a command, given to a soldier or soldiers at attention, to turn the body about toward the right so as to face in the opposite direction.
    2. the act of so turning in a prescribed military manner.
  2. rightabout(def 2).
  3. any complete reversal, as of conduct or opinion.

Origin of right about face

First recorded in 1805–15
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