a volte-face


A complete change of opinion or belief. The phrase comes from the Italian term voltafaccia, meaning "about-turn." Everyone was surprised when the candidate made a complete volte-face on her stance on taxes.
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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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ISLAMABAD -- Senate Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Rehman Malik on Monday made a volte-face on his position on permission for foreign diplomatic missions to take Pakistani passports out of the country for stamping visas and asked the interior ministry to revoke this arrangement immediately.
in Football way short of a commitment to but a volte-face would be extraordinary.
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Strains were visible during a parliamentary debate on the anti-graft Ombudsman Bill, when TMC did a volte-face and opposed certain provisions in the government-draft of the legislation.