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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Sherab Gyaltshen, a student of Sherubtse College, said that when the college is on, the town is bustling with people and business runs at its best but the situation does a volteface during the winter break.
The policy campaign group VolteFace have published a timely investigation by Lizzie McCulloch into existing support for (http://volteface.
Chinoy's statement's at the press conference were a volteface from his earlier comments to the media.
Intervenant ce jeudi 30 octobre 2014 a la conference de presse de son parti, Rached Ghannouchi, leader d'un parti qui avait un temps porte toutes les revendications anti-laicite lors de la discussion de la Constitution notamment, fait volteface, un virage a 90 degres.
ISLAMABAD -- Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the defensive daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, says Pakistan TehreekeInsaf (PTI) has been struck by an absolute volteface.
He did a volteface later by accepting a government bungalow.
The final volteface and scramble for membership was therefore motivated in large part by a fear of marginalisation, a concern that Australian entry would leave New Zealand in the untenable situation of being the only regional state outside the forum.
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When he committed to us he felt he should be able to fulfil that commitment but there's obviously been a bit of a volteface by the Australian people," said Cook.
Spilling her class poison on the eccentric Labour Uncut website, Bercow's wife joyfully imagines a Cameron conversion to fox preservation, saying: "Such a volteface would be a real blow to the diehard, unreconstructed, hunting-obsessed Tory toffs who think that opposition to their 'sport' is merely the vulgar prejudice of the lower orders.
Del Lungo 444) (25) Clement's final volteface came when he wrote to the newly crowned Emperor to leave Rome immediately, indeed the same day following the coronation, ordering him never to return to the lands of the Church.
Dr Michael Woods said: "This eleventh hour volteface by the ambassador is most disappointing.
But about a minute later, Shearer, in a bizarre volteface then praised Everton's Seamus Coleman for how well he played, in particular for the way he picked out a blue shirt when he was delivering his crosses.
The horrified Venetians submitted to Pope Julius who, in a remarkable volteface, allied the papacy with Venice to prevent the French from menacing his power in Italy.
Although Zizek has a reputation for making jokes, this particular volteface does not seem to be one of them.