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an about-face

A sudden, complete turn or change of direction. This phrase can describe one's physical movement or a change in concept. She did an about-face and walked back up the steps once she saw that the subway wasn't running. Based on the reactions we got from test audiences, we need to do an about-face with the movie's plot.

* about-face (on someone or something)

Fig. a reversal of attitude or action. (*Typically: do ~; have ~.) She did an about-face on her rule about not eating in the living room. Now we can do it if we want.
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Hamas described Goldstone's about-face as reprehensible.
A NORTH KOREAN ABOUT-FACE (The Japan Times, an English-language daily)
The Commerce Department said Friday it will impose duties on imports of coated paper from China, in an about-face from a decades-old policy of not applying duties to subsidized goods from non-market economies.
This could be viewed as a total about-face when considering the recent trend in favor of the outsourcing mega-deal.
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This represents an about-face for the company, which previously had said that Boeing's decision to make the 787 fuselage out of composite material left it vulnerable to damage on the ramp.
Many had hoped that the change of administrations in 2001 would signal an about-face in this dangerous policy toward North Korea.
The best way to peace is for the United States and Israel to do an about-face.
The agency did an about-face on the Listeria regulations, and the Consumer Federation of America suspected the change was due to ex parte communications with industry representatives from the meat and poultry industries," CFA lawyer Jillian M.
When New Line Cinema advertised its Ryan Reynolds vehicle Just Friends as a fat suit comedy, then abruptly changed tack and touted it as a romantic tale of a thin man's innocence regained, the studio's about-face reflected more than just the two-things-to-all-people anti-genius of current movie marketing.
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3 billion loss, an about-face from the previous year's $1.
An about-face in the Pentagon's plan to expand its fleet of heavy cargo aircraft is not necessarily an acknowledgement that military operations in Iraq will wind down, but rather a budget-driven choice, said the U.