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a·bout-face

(ə-bout′fās′)
n.
1.
a. The act of pivoting to face in the opposite direction from the original, especially in a military formation.
b. A military command to turn clockwise 180°.
2. A total change of attitude or viewpoint.
intr.v. a·bout-faced, a·bout-fac·ing, a·bout-fac·es
To reverse direction.

about′ face′


interj.
(used as a military command to perform an about-face.)
[1860–65]

a•bout-face

(n. əˈbaʊtˌfeɪs, əˈbaʊtˈfeɪs; v. əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs)

n., v. -faced, -fac•ing. n.
1. (in close-order drill) a 180° turn from the position of attention.
2. a complete change in position, direction or attitude.
v.i.
3. to perform an about-face.
[1860–65, Amer.]

about-face


Past participle: about-faced
Gerund: about-facing

Imperative
about-face
about-face
Present
I about-face
you about-face
he/she/it about-faces
we about-face
you about-face
they about-face
Preterite
I about-faced
you about-faced
he/she/it about-faced
we about-faced
you about-faced
they about-faced
Present Continuous
I am about-facing
you are about-facing
he/she/it is about-facing
we are about-facing
you are about-facing
they are about-facing
Present Perfect
I have about-faced
you have about-faced
he/she/it has about-faced
we have about-faced
you have about-faced
they have about-faced
Past Continuous
I was about-facing
you were about-facing
he/she/it was about-facing
we were about-facing
you were about-facing
they were about-facing
Past Perfect
I had about-faced
you had about-faced
he/she/it had about-faced
we had about-faced
you had about-faced
they had about-faced
Future
I will about-face
you will about-face
he/she/it will about-face
we will about-face
you will about-face
they will about-face
Future Perfect
I will have about-faced
you will have about-faced
he/she/it will have about-faced
we will have about-faced
you will have about-faced
they will have about-faced
Future Continuous
I will be about-facing
you will be about-facing
he/she/it will be about-facing
we will be about-facing
you will be about-facing
they will be about-facing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been about-facing
you have been about-facing
he/she/it has been about-facing
we have been about-facing
you have been about-facing
they have been about-facing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been about-facing
you will have been about-facing
he/she/it will have been about-facing
we will have been about-facing
you will have been about-facing
they will have been about-facing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been about-facing
you had been about-facing
he/she/it had been about-facing
we had been about-facing
you had been about-facing
they had been about-facing
Conditional
I would about-face
you would about-face
he/she/it would about-face
we would about-face
you would about-face
they would about-face
Past Conditional
I would have about-faced
you would have about-faced
he/she/it would have about-faced
we would have about-faced
you would have about-faced
they would have about-faced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.about-face - act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formationabout-face - act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
turnabout, reversion, turnaround, reversal, reverse - turning in the opposite direction
2.about-face - a major change in attitude or principle or point of viewabout-face - a major change in attitude or principle or point of view; "an about-face on foreign policy"
change - the action of changing something; "the change of government had no impact on the economy"; "his change on abortion cost him the election"
undoing - an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)
Verb1.about-face - turn, usually 180 degreesabout-face - turn, usually 180 degrees    
turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"
2.about-face - change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpointabout-face - change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation"

about-face

verb
To turn sharply around:
double (back), reverse.
Translations

about-face

, about-turn
n (Mil) → Kehrtwendung f; (fig also)Wendung fum hundertachtzig Grad; to do an about-facekehrtmachen; (fig)sich um hundertachtzig Grad drehen
vi (Mil) → eine Kehrtwendung ausführen or machen
interj about face or turn!(und) kehrt!

about-face

[əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs] about-turn [əˌbaʊtˈtɜːn] n (Mil) (fig) → dietro front m inv
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