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 a complete volte-face, Nakheel said in its offer letter, that homeowners opting to purchase the extra land also gain automatic planning permission to build swimming
An industry source told The Grocer the company was now considering a volte-face on its packaging strategy, under which brands - including Corner, Rice and Miillerlight - were given blue packs last year.
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.
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.
In substance it represents a complete volte-face for Dodd, who a year ago could find nothing good to say about the Federal Reserve or the Byzantine federal regulatory structure that provided cover for the financial shenanigans of AIG, Goldman-Sachs, Fannie Mae, and their ilk.
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One is led to wonder why there appears to be a volte-face on the part of the health authorities who previously had been claiming that stocks of Tamiflu were going to be built up and made available, a better guarantee in treating flu after it was diagnosed rather than the flu jab which would be like placing the horse behind the cart in the case of giving a flu jab to someone already with the flu.
But later, Mallya did a volte-face and expressed his confidence in Dravid.
The opposition volte-face came about after King Bhumibol Adulyadej criticized the April 2 election as undemocratic.
Whatever one's view might be of Mr Kennedy's admission over his drinking problem or his leadership of the Lib Dems, how on earth can Ms Willott justify such a public volte-face toward her party leader?
Such a volte-face would be risible if the consequences for employment in the British art market were not so severe.