volte-face

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volte-face

A complete change of opinion or belief. The phrase comes from the Italian term voltafaccia. Everyone was surprised when the candidate made a complete volte-face on her stance on taxes.

a volte-ˈface

(from French, formal) a complete change of opinion or plan: This represents a volte-face in government policy.This is a French adaptation of an Italian phrase and refers to turning to face the opposite direction.
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According to PM House press statement, Trump said he would love to visit the fantastic country [Pakistan], in apparent volte face to his critical remarks against Pakistan in 2012 via tweet.
The marvellous four-year-old was taken out of the equation by most firms in the build-up to the Group One, but a dry spell on Merseyside convinced Henry Candy to undergo a volte face earlier in the week.
Naked political ambition, certainly but there is more to Gove's last minute volte face than meets the eye.
Every time the Government has the opportunity to back their pledges with cold, hard cash, they seem to perform something of a volte face.
Promoting civil liberties at one time, Erdogan has done a sudden volte face to adopt a hardline attitude -- gagging various institutions, including the media, in the process.
That Obama might be forced to do a volte face on troops on the ground seems likely, given the way ISIS is already strengthening its defenses ahead of airstrikes.
Political parties, environmental activists and others heavily criticized what they call the volte face of the Telugu Desam Party on the sensitive matter.
While we have seen some attempts to improve the pricing regime, with modest increases to diesel and gasoline prices, the recent volte face in terms of releasing information of a new fuel pricing mechanism suggests we are going to see little further improvement ahead of the October 2014 election.
The session resulted in Asaram doing a volte face on his earlier stand that he does not know the victim and admitting that the sisters indeed used to stay in his ashrams and the elder one had met him in his farm house as alleged.
With the issue featuring heavily during the recent Prime Minister's Questions however, Mr Mitchell now appears to have executed a total volte face, with fellow Conservative MP and former whip Michael Fabricant spilling the beans, tweeting: "Several MPs have confirmed to me that AM did indeed say "I didn't swear" (at the police).
The other explanation for this volte face was that the strike did not have the support of PASYDY members and the leadership used the meeting with the president as a face-saving solution.
Kraft's volte face is a massive vindication for Cadbury's single category-based global focus; and a damning indictment of Irene Rosenfeld--s machismo-based powerplay, Which only ever involved scale"
The RFU could provide no official explanation as to why the board performed a volte face and so publicly undermined Steele's authority.
Universities minister David Willetts - left floundering on TV over the volte face on milk
Anyway, on a crime note Unclegrumpy performed a volte face on his name and was quite the opposite when talking about the building on the Examiner masthead.