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Definition 1: a major change in attitude or principle or point of view - [noun denoting act]

Samples where about-face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an about-face on foreign policy

Synonyms for about-face in the sense of this definition

(about-face is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of about-face ) an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)

Definition 2: act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for about-face in the sense of this definition

(about-face is a kind of ...) turning in the opposite direction

Definition 3: change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint - [verb of cognition]

(about-face is a kind of ...) change one's mind

"He rethought his decision to take a vacation"

Definition 4: turn, usually 180 degrees - [verb of motion]

(about-face is a kind of ...) 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"

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