volte-face


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volte-face

 (vôlt-fäs′, vôl′tə-)
n.
A reversal, as in policy; an about-face.

[French, from Italian voltafaccia : volta (from voltare, to turn; see vault2) + faccia, face (from Vulgar Latin *facia; see face).]

volte-face

(ˈvɒltˈfɑːs)
n, pl volte-face
1. a reversal, as in opinion or policy
2. a change of position so as to look, lie, etc, in the opposite direction
[C19: from French, from Italian volta-faccia, from volta a turn + faccia face]

volte-face

(vɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; Fr. vɔltəˈfas)

n.
a turnabout, esp. a reversal of opinion or policy.
[1810–20; < French < Italian voltafaccia=volta turn (see volt2) + faccia face]

volte-face

A French term meaning turn face, used to mean a reversal of opinion or policy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.volte-face - a major change in attitude or principle or point of viewvolte-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)
Translations

volte-face

[ˈvɒltˈfɑːs] Nviraje m, cambio m súbito de opinión

volte-face

[ˌvɒltˈfɑːs] n (= about-face) → volte-face f inv

volte-face

n (fig)Kehrtwendung f; to perform a volte-facesich um 180 Grad drehen

volte-face

[ˈvɒltˈfɑːs] nvoltafaccia m inv
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