about-turn

UK / US noun [countable]
Word forms "about-turn":
singular about-turn plural about-turns British
1) a big change in your opinion or attitude to something, so that it is almost the opposite of what it was before

He's done an about-turn on fox-hunting.

2) the action of turning your whole body quickly so that you are facing in the opposite direction. This is often an instruction given to soldiers.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • about-turn — about turns N COUNT An about turn is the same as an about face. [BRIT] The decision was seen as an about turn for the Government. (in AM, use about face) …   English dictionary

  • about-turn — (also chiefly N. Amer. about face) ► NOUN Brit. 1) Military a turn made so as to face the opposite direction. 2) informal a complete change of opinion or policy …   English terms dictionary

  • about-turn — n., v., & int. n. 1 a turn made so as to face the opposite direction. 2 a change of opinion or policy etc. v.intr. make an about turn. int. (about turn) Mil. a command to make an about turn. Etymology: orig. as int …   Useful english dictionary

  • about turn — /əbaʊt ˈtɜn/ (say uhbowt tern) interjection 1. (the military command to turn, face in the opposite direction, usually in a prescribe manner, as right about turn, left about turn.) –noun 2. this manoeuvre. Also, US, about face …   Australian English dictionary

  • about-turn — /əbaʊt ˈtɜn/ (say uhbowt tern) noun 1. Chiefly Military the performance of an about turn as a manoeuvre. 2. a complete sudden change in position, principle, attitude, etc.; volte face. –verb (i) 3. Chiefly Military to perform an about turn. 4. to …   Australian English dictionary

  • about turn — 1. noun a) An about face; a military command to a formation of soldiers to reverse the direction in which they are facing. b) A complete change of opinion, direction, etc. 2. verb To …   Wiktionary

  • about turn! — turn around!, about face! (command to soldiers in formation) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • about-turn — 1. noun A turn of 180 degrees, typically in a military formation 2. verb to turn 180 degrees, typically in a military formation Syn: about face See Also: turnabout, turn about …   Wiktionary

  • about-turn — a,bout turn noun count BRITISH an ABOUT FACE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • about-turn — (also chiefly N. Amer. about face) noun Brit. 1》 Military a turn made so as to face the opposite direction. 2》 informal a complete change of opinion or policy …   English new terms dictionary


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