reverse (one's) course

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reverse (one's) course

1. To stop and begin moving in the opposite direction. The quarterback tried reversing his course to evade the defensive linesmen, but he wasn't quick enough and ended up getting sacked in the end zone. As soon as we saw the family of bears, we quietly and hastily reversed course.
2. To suddenly hold or profess a position or opinion that runs contrary or opposite to one held previously. The senator seemed to reverse course the following day, stating that he would never condone police violence against any citizen. The city's legal team spent months convincing the judge to reverse her course and allow the case to proceed.
See also: course, reverse
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How did the idea of your first novel "Reverse Course" come up, and what were the main messages you wanted to convey through it?
discontinued its highly regarded Velvia 50 film due to the difficulty in obtaining raw materials only to reverse course later with substitute ingredients.
Johann Ertl, a police officer dealing with the case, said the aircraft was told to reverse course and it returned to the Vienna International Airport.
BAPCPA also changes the treatment of the claim that a commercial landlord has against bankrupt tenants when they initially assume the lease but then reverse course and reject it.
Americans United and the ACLU tried to persuade the board to reverse course, but a majority refused.
He added: 'People know we are not perfect, but they believe the country is moving in the right direction and they don't want to reverse course.'
We also warned that amnesty would be part of a broader plan to effectively abolish our borders and that the 9/11 terrorist attacks, while stalling the administration's agenda, would not cause the administration to reverse course.
I know they were doin' their best to assist, but it would a been better to reverse course, turn back for home and try again when the weather got better.
The debate within the Fed during the summer, according to one insider, was over how quickly the Fed could reverse course if it overshoots.
To advance to the highest levels of health care management, however, physicians must reverse course and become generalists.
Hopes remain, however, that Tokyo stock prices may reverse course and go up again, which would attract foreign investment funds into the Japanese economy, he said.
While admitting soaring oil prices are a serious threat to global growth, he said they will reverse course as oil-consuming and oil-producing countries discuss ways to address the problem.
Meanwhile action today is at Downpatrick where Ragglepuss is napped to reverse course and distance form with Mountain Hymn in the Executive Marquees Handicap Chase.
Hence, in the United States, tax caps and balanced budget amendments aim to make it harder for democratic majorities to reverse course should the new conservatism run aground.
Rowen is cautiously optimistic, believing that recovery of the American Dream is possible, but it will take more than a decade to reverse course and undo the damage we have inflicted on ourselves.