- the act of turning in a different or opposite direction.
- a change of opinion, loyalty, etc.
- a reciprocal action; act of doing to someone exactly as that person has done to oneself or another: Turnabout is fair play.
- a person who changes things; a radical.
- Chiefly British. merry-go-round.
Origin of turnabout
First recorded in 1590–1600; noun use of verb phrase turn about
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Examples from the Web for turnabout
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.War and the Future
H. G. Wells
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
- the act of turning so as to face a different direction
- a change or reversal of opinion, attitude, etc