an about-face

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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The proposal would appear to indicate an about-face by the government in the wake of criticisms leveled last month after the Ministry of Home Affairs published a five-page document in which it appeared to mitigate the role of rapists, instead apportioning a share of the blame on women who consume alcohol, lax family values, and the absence of religious instruction.
But in an about-face during a news conference in the Senate on Monday, Lascanas said the liquidation squad was real and that it carried out assassinations under the instruction of Mr.
Is it the same Nick Forbes who predicted riots in the streets, then did an about-face when he couldn't handle the protests resulting from his plans to obliterate funds to cultural projects - yet dares to suggest that extending the programme for shared services between North Tyneside and Newcastle would damage our culture and heritage?
Signing would be an about-face for Mr Yanukovych since his rejection of the deal last month made it clear he sought closer links with Russia instead.
When interest or economic wealth in one country wants, brand manufacturers must be prepared to do an about-face and shift to another more profitable region or product line.
Once the trams are up and running, opposition melts away or does an about-face.
The move follows an about-face by the report's author.
Thiruvananthapuram The Communist Party of India Marxist yesterday did an about-face and decided to field Kerala chief minister and veteran leader V.
The Palestinian Authority has apparently done an about-face, and is expected to oppose the Goldstone report in a UN vote Friday.
You could have almost predicted that the next piece of confusing information was going to be an about-face on that advice.
This represents an about-face on the part of North Korea, which in the past has insisted that the abduction issue was settled.
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.
Harris quickly seemed to realize that cover-up was not the way to go, and in an about-face told People magazine that he was indeed a "content gay man.
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.
VALENCIA -- The Marine Corps Reserve did an about-face Wednesday, deciding to accept the Bible-reciting Jesus dolls that a Valencia company offered to its Toys for Tots program.