volte-face

[ volt-fahs, vohlt-; French vawltuh-fas ]
/ vɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; French vɔltəˈfas /

noun, plural volte-face.

a turnabout, especially a reversal of opinion or policy.

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Origin of volte-face

1810–20; <French <Italian voltafaccia, equivalent to volta turn (see volt2) + facciaface
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British Dictionary definitions for volte-face

volte-face
/ (ˈvɒltˈfɑːs) /

noun plural volte-face

a reversal, as in opinion or policy
a change of position so as to look, lie, etc, in the opposite direction

Word Origin for volte-face

C19: from French, from Italian volta-faccia, from volta a turn + faccia face
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