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do an about-face

To suddenly and completely turn or change one's direction. This phrase can describe one's physical movement or a change in concept. She did an about-face and walked back up the steps once she saw that the subway wasn't running. Based on the reactions we got from test audiences, we need to do an about-face with the movie's plot.

do an about-face

Also, do a flip-flop or one-eighty . Reverse one's opinion or course of action. For example, The board did an about-face on acquiring more land, or We expected Dad to do a flip-flop concerning our vacation plans, or They had relied on Jim to vote for Harry, but he did a one-eighty and cast his vote for the incumbent . The first term, alluding to the army command to turn around, dates from the first half of the 1900s, and the variants from the second half of the 1900s (the last refers to a 180-degree change of direction).
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Trillanes chided the President for doing an about-face on his campaign promise to defend Philippine sovereignty by riding a Jet Ski to the Spratlys and asserting the country's ownership of islands there.
He has changed his tune on China, calling it a currency manipulator then doing an about-face after meeting president Xi Jinping.
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Angry Democrats - who believe the child should be returned to his father in Cuba - accused the vice-president of doing an about-face to curry favour with Miami's anti-Castro Cuban-American voters, a key voting bloc.
Fisher Sue Johnston An entertaining, if rather effortful, lunge at creating the feel-good youth suicide-pact buddy caper of this or any other year, "New Year's Day" finds Brit director Suri Krishnamma doing an about-face from the charmingly old-fashioned restraint and character nuance of his debut, the Albert Finney vehicle "A Man of No Importance." Soph feature's considerable stylistic flash and hyperbolic content will probably strike a chord with hometurf teens.
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