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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.
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(used as a military command to perform an about-face.)
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.
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Past participle: about-faced
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|Noun||1.||about-face - act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation|
|2.||about-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)
|Verb||1.||about-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 viewpoint|
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation"
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n (Mil) → Kehrtwendung f; (fig also) → Wendung f → um hundertachtzig Grad; to do an about-face → kehrtmachen; (fig) → sich um hundertachtzig Grad drehen
interj about face or turn! → (und) kehrt!
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about-face[əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs] about-turn [əˌbaʊtˈtɜːn] n (Mil) (fig) → dietro front m inv
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