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.

Nearby words

  1. rigging,
  2. rigging loft,
  3. riggs' disease,
  4. right,
  5. right about,
  6. right and left,
  7. right angle,
  8. right as rain,
  9. right ascension,
  10. right atrioventricular valve

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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