about-face about-face

Definition(s):

  1. (n) act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
  2. (n) a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
  3. (v) turn, usually 180 degrees
  4. (v) change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint

Usage(s):

  1. Japan was undergoing a great about-face.
  2. The Federal Government has executed a crisp about-face on birth control.

News

  1. N. Korea wants to talk with U.S., but there are strings attached

    After months of threatening to wage a nuclear war, North Korea did an about-face Sunday and issued a surprise proposal to the U.S., its No. 1 enemy: Let's talk.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. Harris: More majors for Tiger? We’ll see

    By Tribune-Review Just like that, Tiger Woods has performed a startling about-face after his flameout at this year’s U.S. Open and his failure to win a major ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  3. North Korea changes tack and tells US: Let's talk

    After months of threatening to wage a nuclear war, North Korea did an about-face Sunday and issued a surprise proposal to the United States, its No. 1 enemy: Let's talk. But the invitation from North Korea's ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "I was disappointed. I had to get a release from the [NZ] board to join the ICL, then they did an about-face," Bond said. "That is what is most grating - I never even got an apology. After I had signed, I was told I had to tear up the...
    on Nov 11, 2008 By: Shane Bond Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. Vladeck accused Thomas, the team's president and coach, of initially abusing Browne Sanders by referring to her as a "ho" before he made "an about-face and repeatedly professed his love for her."
    on Sep 11, 2007 By: Anucha Browne Sanders Source: SI.com

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