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Meaning of about face

about' face'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. (used as a military command to perform an about-face).

a•bout-face

Pronunciation: (n.u-bout'fās", u-bout'fās'v.u-bout"fās'), [key]
— n., v., -faced, -fac•ing.
—n.
  1. a turn of 180° from the position of attention.
  2. a complete, sudden change in position, direction, principle, attitude, etc.: They've done an about-face in their foreign policy.
—v.i.
  1. to execute an about face.
  2. to turn in the opposite direction.
  3. to switch to an opposite opinion.
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