Definitions for volte-facevɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; Fr. vɔltəˈfas
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volte-facevɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; Fr. vɔltəˈfas(n.)
a turnabout, esp. a reversal of opinion or policy.
Category: Foreign Term
Origin of volte-face:
1810–20; < F < It voltafaccia=volta turn (see volt2) +facciaface
about-face, volte-face, reversal, policy change(noun)
a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
"an about-face on foreign policy"
a reversal of policy, attitude or principle
Volte-face is a total change of position, as in policy or opinion; an about-face. The expression comes through French, from Italian voltafaccia and Portuguese volte face, composed of volta and faccia. In the context of politics a volte-face is, in modern English, often referred to as a U-turn or a flip-flop in the UK and the US respectively.
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