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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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The RAK police, since 2010, have closed 63 U-turns at different areas of the emirate to boost public safety and curb road accidents, he added.
Dubai: Two new left turns and two U-turn will open along the route of Dubai Tram from early next month, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Monday.
Movement at U-turns tends to worsen traffic flow resulting in congestion and impaired road safety.
This time the U-turns have started before he's even made his speech.
The unravelling Budget is just the latest in a long list of their chaotic U-turns.
Of course, we know from Call Me Dave, that to U-turn is not a sign of not having thought through their policies but it is a sign of strength.
The second phase includes developments on ring roads, re-designing cross-roads, removing and re-locating traffic signals, and expanding U-turns under bridges, among other changes, and the minister noted tenders for many of these projects had already been floated and some are actually being executed.
If the decision yesterday to reprieve the threatened Milford Haven and Holyhead coastguard stations are U-turns, then U-turns are to be welcomed.
DAVID Cameron is doing so many U-turns these days there can be few original policies left that aren't being flushed down the U-bend.
They tackled Greece (important but outside the grip of our elected politicians), the use of wild animals in a circus (three travelling circuses with 39 animals), and government U-turns (has any government not done U-turns when heavily criticised?
Conference was opening today against the humiliating backdrop of sixth place in last week's Barnsley Central by-election, with many rank-and-file members unhappy about Mr Clegg's U-turns on issues like university tuition fees and the pace of spending cuts.
The police witnessed the tests that included front and back braking, S-curves and U-turns in both directions.
FORMER First Minister Rhodri Morgan has hit out at city leader Rodney Berman for his "lamentable" record of U-turns following the collapse of plans to protect Cardiff's green fields.
These include improving single balloon U-turns; closing dangerous U-turns between Al-Mafraq and Al Ghwaifat; installing directional and warning signs, road markings, solar power flashers at unlit U-turns, and speed humps in rest areas; enhancing pedestrian crossings through the Al-Sila area; and other measures.
But that was rejected by Recorder Allan Mainds, who said Sehmi's speed, the fact that he had gone through a red light, done U-turns on the by-pass and forced a police car to swerve to avoid him made his driving dangerous.