- (America) IPA: /əˈbaʊtˌfeɪs/
about-face (plural about-faces)
- (military) An abrupt turn to face the opposite direction.
- The soldier did an about-face and marched off.
- A reversal in direction; reversal of attitude or opinion.
- When Luke heard the news, he did an abrupt about-face on the policy.
- French: (literal) demi-tour; (figurative) volte-face, revirement
- Italian: dietro front, dietrofront
- Portuguese: meia-volta
- Russian: круго́м
- Spanish: media vuelta, cambio de rumbo
- German: Kehrtwende
- Italian: voltafaccia, voltagabbana, banderuola
- Spanish: media vuelta, virazón, cambio de rumbo
about-face (about-faces, present participle about-facing; past and past participle about-faced)
- (intransitive) To turn 180 degrees to face the opposite direction
- The soldiers would about-face immediately after the order was given.
- 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.
- French: faire demi-tour,
- German: Kehrtwende machen
- Italian: fare dietrofront
- Spanish: dar la media vuelta, darse media vuelta
- French: faire volte-face
- Italian: fare il voltafaccia, fare il voltagabbana, cambiare casacca
- Spanish: cambiar de rumbo