or right-a·bout



the position assumed by turning about to the right so as to face in the opposite direction.
the act of turning so as to face the opposite direction.


facing or in the opposite direction: Move that chair rightabout.

Origin of rightabout

First recorded in 1690–1700; right + about
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Examples from the Web for rightabout

Historical Examples of rightabout

  • Ah, but it is so, or else people would be sent to the rightabout at the second sentence.


    Joseph Conrad

  • I sent him to the rightabout pretty quickly, I can tell you.

    The Cruise of the Thetis

    Harry Collingwood

  • No sooner does a man feel his own life and strength swellin' up in him than rightabout he wants to kill things.

    The Hills of Desire

    Richard Aumerle Maher

  • After this, the corporal touched his hat, swung round to the rightabout in military style, and left the cabin.


    Frederick Marryat

  • And before I could have thought it possible, he had turned the carriage to the rightabout and we were galloping south.

    St. Ives

    Robert Louis Stevenson