do a one-eighty
do a 180
1. Literally, to begin moving in the opposite direction. (If one physically turns 180 degrees, one will then be facing the opposite direction.) I was going to go to the park, but when I saw those dark clouds roll in, I did a 180 and headed back home.
2. To make a big change in some area of one's life. A: "Can you believe that Sam quit his job at the firm?" B: "No, he really did a 180 on being a paralegal!"
See also: 180
do a one-eightyand turn one hundred and eighty degrees
1. Lit. to turn around and go in the opposite direction. When I hollered, the dog did a one-eighty and headed back to its own yard.
2. Fig. to radically reverse a decision or opinion. His political philosophy turned one hundred and eighty degrees when he grew a little older.