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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).]
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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]
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volte-face(vɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; Fr. vɔltəˈfas)
a turnabout, esp. a reversal of opinion or policy.
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A French term meaning turn face, used to mean a reversal of opinion or policy.
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|Noun||1.||volte-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)
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volte-face[ˌvɒltˈfɑːs] n (= about-face) → volte-face f inv
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volte-face[ˈvɒltˈfɑːs] n → voltafaccia m inv
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