volte-face


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volte-face

A complete change of opinion or belief. The phrase comes from the Italian term voltafaccia. Everyone was surprised when the candidate made a complete volte-face on her stance on taxes.

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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in Football way short of a commitment to but a volte-face would be extraordinary.
"L'Algerie affirme qu'elle s'est engagee sur une voie de reformes politiques, mais fait ensuite volte-face et menace des syndicats independants qui cherchent a instaurer une justice sociale et de meilleures conditions de travail", a declare Joe Stork, directeur par interim de la division Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord a HRW.
Ils avaient rapporte les propos de l'envoye special de Kim a ses interlocuteurs chinois les assurant de l'ambition de Pyongyang de "creer un environnement international pacifique", une apparente volte-face apres des mois d'inflation verbale et militaire.
Those tempted to mimic the peer's volte-face on the European Union, should also pause to consider his concern for the banks whose dominant position in British economic life his policies did so much to promote.
Cairo: Egypt's opposition leader Mohammad Al Baradei on Wednesday called for immediate talks with President Mohammad Mursi to discuss "urgent steps" to stop deadly unrest in the country -- a volte-face in the prominent reformist's stance towards the Islamist president.
And the 21-year-old's words seem to underline the surprising maturity he has shown throughout the competition, a volte-face from moody to magnificent Mario.
The airports operator BAA has run an advertising campaign suggesting that the addition of a third runway is intertwined with the fate of the economy, so a ministerial volte-face was in the air, it seemed.
New Delhi: After he blamed the media for misinterpreting his comments that the Prime Minister and the former finance minister were in the know of the scandal-ridden spectrum allocation, A Raja did a volte-face: In a submission to the CBI court, the jailed former telecom minister said the PM could have set up a group of ministers (GoM) to study spectrum allocation issues, and since he did not, he could be held guilty of conspiracy and dereliction of duty.
* THERE'S nothing like a bit of controversy to get the juices flowing for the williamhill.com Derby and it duly arrived this week with the Fahys, PJ and Conor, having a difference of opinion with Wimbledon RM Gary Matthews and swiftly making a volte-face, hotfooting it back to Ireland.
* Roger Cohen's column on Richard Goldstone's mea culpaexcuse me, his "volte-face"is weird and kind of incoherent.
Earlier, acting brazenly the anti-market elements made quick buck, mocking the governments relief-oriented efforts but now the situation had made a dramatic volte-face for unethical forces in LPG market to the consumers advantage, remarked Muhammad Irfan Khokhar chairman LPG distributors association.
President Boris Tadic of Serbia announced the volte-face hours before the UN general assembly had been due to debate a demand from Belgrade seeking to reverse, question or invalidate Kosovo's independence.
The volte-face happened just hours after the proposal emerged publicly, and so quickly that universities minister David Willetts was left floundering in a television interview as he was informed the position had changed.
The volte-face happened just hours after the proposal emerged publicly and so quickly that universities minister David Willetts was left floundering in a television interview as he was informed the position had changed.
LAHORE, May 29 -- In a volte-face, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has claimed that former skippers Muhammad Yousuf and Younus Khan were never banned and can be brought back to the side anytime.