U-turn


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U-turn

1. Literally, a sudden 180-degree turn made by a vehicle, such that it is quickly facing or moving in the opposite direction. Once I realized I was going the wrong way, I had to do a U-turn at the next light.
2. By extension, any sudden and drastic reversal, as of opinion, policy, intention, fortune, trend, etc. After a huge public outcry about the controversial program, the president quickly made a U-turn and announced that he would not support the plan. The disastrous unveiling of the tech giant's latest gadget marks a major U-turn in their otherwise unyielding success.
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Since they hadn't previously been threatening, other teams likely won't target them in the U-Turn either, which means they will likely fly under the radar in the next leg, and continue to compete.
All light vehicles will take the alternate route from Fairview to QMC (southbound), turn right to Fairlane Street, turn right to Dahlia, turn left to Chestnut, turn right to Old Sauyo Road, turn right to Mindanao Avenue, take U-turn at Quirino Highway to Mindanao Avenue (southbound), left to North Avenue to QMC, to destination.
So much so, that on many instances, I have seen one vehicle entering while another is taking a u-turn at exactly the same time.
In fact, for the RCUT design, the median U-turn offset is perhaps the most important design parameter affecting the operation and safety of the intersection at rural high-speed locations.
It's hard to know what prompted this dramatic U-turn but pressure from opposition councillors has undoubtedly made a difference.
Cervarix was introduced by UK ministers in 2008 because it was the cheaper of the two drugs, but they did a U-turn last year after pressure by sexual health doctors.
U-turn transactions involve money moved for Iranian clients among non-Iranian foreign banks and cleared through the US financial system.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said: "Another day, another Budget tax u-turn - three successive u-turns in four days, all when Parliament is not sitting and just a few weeks after Ministers were defending these measures, show just what an embarrassing shambles George Osborne's Budget has become.
In a letter to Mr Cameron, Labour's Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy urged him to explain the U-turn, which could cost taxpayers more than pounds 250million.
Dalton councillor Rochelle Parchment said: "The newly-founded U-Turn youth club has been very popular with local children.
The next U-Turn is up at Spinneys and that is jam packed too.
I live in Era Tower and already suffer from the closure of Al Farooq junction which makes me go a long way into Seef (at Citibank), then make a U-turn at Road 2819 to come back home.
There is a slip road alongside Western Avenue coming from the Insole Grove that has a no U-turn sign.
The U-turn on street 15, opposite the entrance to street 35b, East Mirdif, is a danger zone, especially in the mornings when children are crossing that road to get to school, and again in the early evening when families are on their way to Mirdif Park.
The accident took place when one of the cars took a sudden U-turn and collided with another car coming from behind on the newly constructed highway, which connects Bandra and Worli.