Definitions for about-faceəˈbaʊtˌfeɪs, əˈbaʊtˈfeɪs; əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

about′ face′(interj.)

  1. (used as a military command to perform an about-face.)

    Category: Military

Origin of about face:


a•bout-faceəˈbaʊtˌfeɪs, əˈbaʊtˈfeɪs; əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs(n.; v.)-faced, -fac•ing.

  1. (n.)(in close-order drill) a 180° turn from the position of attention.

    Category: Military

  2. a complete change in position, direction or attitude.

  3. (v.i.)to perform an about-face.

Origin of about-face:

1860–65, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. about-face, about turn(noun)

    act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation

  2. about-face, volte-face, reversal, policy change(verb)

    a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

    "an about-face on foreign policy"

  3. about-face(verb)

    turn, usually 180 degrees

  4. about-face(verb)

    change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint


  1. about-face(Noun)

    An abrupt turn to face the opposite direction.

    The soldier did an about-face and marched off.

  2. about-face(Noun)

    A reversal in direction; reversal of attitude or opinion.

    When Luke heard the news, he did an abrupt about-face on the policy.

  3. about-face(Verb)

    To turn 180 degrees to face the opposite direction;

    The soldiers would about-face immediately after the order was given.

  4. about-face(Verb)

    To change opinion or attitude drastically.

    A politician will about-face at the drop of a hat if he thinks there are votes in it.

  5. Origin: * First attested in 1861.


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