American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A reversal, as in policy; an about-face.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden change from one position, in a matter of principle, policy, or polities, to its direct opposite.
- n. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
- Borrowing from French (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian voltafaccia : volta (from voltare, to turn; see vault2) + faccia, face (from Vulgar Latin *facia; see face). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You say I did a volte-face, but we are going back many years now," he said.”
“Future Group's Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd., which needs funds to pare its debt of more than 40 billion rupees ($775 million) and keep its stores expansion going, is likely to be the hardest hit by the government's volte-face.”
“The move is being hailed as "a stunning volte-face," a complete "U-turn on nuclear energy.”
“The tariff surely cannot survive the embarrassing volte-face.”
“John BaxterBerkhamsted, Hertfordshire• Nick Clegg and his Lib Dem ministerial colleagues must be dangerously naive if they think that a quick volte-face, with the imprimatur of Clegg's "personal" authority, on the key ingredients of the health bill, is going to wash with their outraged foot soldiers.”
“In an extraordinary volte-face, David Cameron will disown the media tycoon by leading his party through the lobbies to urge him to drop the bid.”
“It's reminiscent of the extraordinary volte-face about nuclear energy, from classic eco-campaigning territory to a climate change-adaptation technique.”
“Merkel's volte-face on Friday earned her biting criticism in the weekend media.”
“In the latest skirmish, some brave defenders of free speech have done a sudden volte-face and cheered the banning of minarets in Switzerland.”
“A European-wide convention on violence against women was at the point of agreement when our government made a volte-face.”
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