What does about-face mean?

Definitions for about-faceəˈbaʊtˌfeɪs, əˈbaʊtˈfeɪs; əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs

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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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of about-face in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of about-face in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeffrey Spiegel:

    The face says a lot.

  2. Kathy Santos:

    There was Esteban's face.

  3. Rob Bishop:

    Last week, my face broke out.

  4. Latvian Proverb:

    A smiling face is half the meal.

  5. Gabriel García Márquez:

    Necessity has the face of a dog.

Images & Illustrations of about-face

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Translations for about-face

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • [[tehdä]] [[täyskäännös]], täyskäännösFinnish
  • faire demi-tour, faire volte-face, revirement, volte-face, demi-tourFrench
  • fare dietrofront, dietrofront, voltagabbana, voltafaccia, dietro front, fare il voltafaccia, banderuola, fare il voltagabbanaItalian
  • meia-voltaPortuguese
  • кругомRussian

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