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turnabout

[turn-uh-bout]
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noun
  1. the act of turning in a different or opposite direction.
  2. a change of opinion, loyalty, etc.
  3. a reciprocal action; act of doing to someone exactly as that person has done to oneself or another: Turnabout is fair play.
  4. a person who changes things; a radical.
  5. Chiefly British. merry-go-round.
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Origin of turnabout

First recorded in 1590–1600; noun use of verb phrase turn about
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Related Words

U-turnflip-flopturnaroundreversalshiftreversevolte-face

Examples from the Web for turnabout

Historical Examples

  • Turnabout may not always be fair play in the gulfs between the stars.

    No Hiding Place

    Richard R. Smith

  • In the course of its fighting the monster may have to turnabout.

  • That is—until there was a question of turnabout being fair play in a world where natives took their skinning literally!

    Skin Game

    Charles E. Fritch


British Dictionary definitions for turnabout

turnabout

noun
  1. the act of turning so as to face a different direction
  2. a change or reversal of opinion, attitude, etc
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