noun, plural volte-face.
Examples from the Web for volte-face
It leaves out only the actual reason for her abrupt, 11th-hour volte-face.
It was the same as that which he had for Hincks's volte-face. 'The Tribune of Nova Scotia|W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
We have had in France an example of volte-face in taste which I confess has left me gasping.Some Diversions of a Man of Letters|Edmund William Gosse
These four factors coalesced during 1948 and led to a reassessment of policy and, finally, to a volte-face.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965|Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
What will justify such a volte-face and with what excuse can he repudiate the principles with which he justified his takeover?The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 4 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
But Russia's betrayal is not sufficient to account for the Serbian volte-face.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for volte-face
noun plural volte-face
Word Origin for volte-face
Word Origin and History for volte-face
a reversal of opinion, 1819, French, from Italian volta faccia, literally "turn face," from volta, imper. of voltare "to turn" (from Vulgar Latin *volvita, from Latin volvere "to roll;" see volvox) + faccia (see face).