- a U-shaped turn made by a vehicle so as to head in the opposite direction from its original course.
- a reversal of policy, tactics, or the like, resembling such a maneuver.
- to execute a U-turn: to U-turn into oncoming traffic.
Origin of U-turn
First recorded in 1925–30
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Rey wanted the driver to try to spin around in a U-turn “like in the movies.”The Mad Shooter of Paris Is a ‘Natural Born Killer’
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He put the groundcar in drive again, and made a U-turn in the highway.Rebels of the Red Planet
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No U-turn on through streets and no left turns out of alleys.
He twisted the car into the traffic again, and with a swift U-turn, headed the coupe toward home.Queen of the Flaming Diamond
Watch for stop signs and street signals; no U-turn on through streets; turns in either direction at intersections.
They exchanged so-longs, and Kavaalen backed, and made a U-turn, moving off in the direction of Rosemont.Murder in the Gunroom
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- a turn made by a vehicle in the shape of a U, resulting in a reversal of direction
- a complete change in direction of political or other policy
Word Origin and History for u-turn
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper