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English noun: about-face

1. about-face (act) act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation

Synonymsabout turn

Broader (hypernym)reversal, reverse, reversion, turnabout, turnaround

2. about-face (act) a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

SamplesAn about-face on foreign policy.

Synonymspolicy change, reversal, volte-face

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)undoing

English verb: about-face

1. about-face (motion) turn, usually 180 degrees

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)turn

2. about-face (cognition) change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)rethink

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