right about face

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

[ rahyt-uh-boht-feys ]
/ ˈraɪt əˈboʊtˈfeɪs /


  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.
any complete reversal, as of conduct or opinion.

Origin of right about face

First recorded in 1805–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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