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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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A senior official said one of the closed U-turns, close to the Hilton Hotel in the city, was a vital shortcut for motorists heading to government departments in Al Nakheel area.
While mentioning the U-turns taken by the government, the opposition parties mainly the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) remind the PTI that after the first cabinet meeting, the information minister had declared that the prime minister would not undertake any foreign visit in the first three months and would only travel in commercial flights, but he had already undertaken the visits of Saudi Arabia, China, the UAE and Malaysia and that too, on special aircraft.
PM Imran, while hitting back at his critics a few months ago, had defended his decision-making skills, saying a U-turn to reach one's objective was the hallmark of great leadership.
Let us closely look at the PTI themes and how PTI backtracked, U-turned or simply ignored the promises made by them leading to nothing but a rule of and by U-turns.
Listing his U-turns, Bilawal said that PM Khan promised to eradicate poverty but it seems that they are out at eliminating the poor instead through hike in prices of fuel, electricity and gas.
A leader who does not know how to take U-turns is not successful.
ISLAMABAD -- In hot water for his U-turn remarks, Prime Minister Imran Khan hit back at his critics on Sunday saying a U-turn to reach one's objective is the hallmark of great leadership.
Islamabad (Pakistan) November 17 ( ANI ): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday justified taking 'U-turns' in politics.
He said that under the Package-III, rehabilitation and Improvement of Existing N-35 from Allah Hoo Chowk to Shaheena Jamil Hospital would be done by construction of 7 protective U-turns.
The Ras Al Khaimah police have spotted 16 dangerous U-turns where deadly traffic accidents were reported.
The move also comes after the successful reopening of left and U-turns at the intersection of Al Sayora-Al Sufouh Streets at the JBR inMarch as well as the reopening of turns at the intersections of Al Marsa-Al Sayora Streets, Al Marsa-Al Sufouh Streets, and Al Marsa-Al Sharta Streets inJune.
All left and U-turns were closed ahead of the opening of Dubai Tram in November 2014 to ensure road safety.
Ground was broken on the four elevated U-turns at the beginning of February 2015, and MTCC said it has achieved 85% completion of the entire project, with the last of the elevated U-turns scheduled for delivery by May 2016.
This project is EPC and maintenance of four elevated U-Turns and associated structures.