an about-face

an about-face

  (mainly American)
a sudden and complete change of someone's ideas, plans, or actions In an about-face on the morning of his trial, the accused changed his plea to guilty. Both papers did an about-face and published a condemnation of his actions.
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That's a reference to 180 degrees, as in doing an about-face, which is what dabbling in the energy drink market amounts to for the world's largest beer maker.
The move was an about-face for Falwell, who advised his congregation in 1965, "Preachers are not called to be politicians but soul winners.
Indonesia's moderate Muslim-based party nominated its patron Abdurrahman Wahid as the party's presidential candidate Thursday, in an about-face to presidential front-runner Megawati Sukarnoputri.
In 1996 Miller did an about-face when she created two distinctly different pieces.
Israeli negotiating demands are invariably portrayed as an about-face on the part of some Arab leader as he climbed down from his rejectionist and maximalist stand.
We took that one step backward in the first quarter, but it's not an about-face for the economy.
However, the IRS has now made an about-face, saying family members' shares will not be aggregated with the shares transferred through the gift when it determines whether a minority transfer occurred (revenue ruling 93-12, IRB no.
In an about-face, the IRS has now contacted firms that previously had their accounting change applications rejected, to advise them that the Service has reevaluated its position, and once again believes that changing the treatment of reimbursable litigation costs from deductible expenses to loans is a change in accounting method.
Somehow, someway he did an about-face when he got back to Toronto," said the mayor.
The OCC has done an about-face and has now simply approved the real estate development activity which it said was new in 1997.
Carl (Tom Lister) decides he wants to be with Anna (Emma Davies) and tries to end his relationship with Lexi (Sally Oliver), but she ruins his plan by revealing she knows he killed Tom - forcing him to do an about-face and declare his love in a bid to keep her from incriminating him.
Now, in an about-face that left me cold, Bustamante has suddenly realized he's in a real race.
But when gay rights groups hailed her implicit support of ending "don't ask, don't tell," she quickly did an about-face.
The British commander ordered an about-face and soon had his men marching back toward Princeton, "running, puffing and blowing, and swearing at being so outwitted.
As for Storr, he'll stake his claim with an about-face response to Hickey's pageant of beauty: by examining the idea of the grotesque--what he calls the "counterterm to artistic idealism"--as represented in contemporary practice.