from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A turn, as by a vehicle, completely reversing the direction of travel.
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- n. A turn in a vehicle carried out by driving in a semicircle in order to travel in the opposite direction.
- n. A reversal of policy; a volte-face, a backflip
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. complete reversal of direction of travel
I don't think we can dignify today's announcement with the word U-turn.
A pragmatic reassessment of tax and spending policy in the light of changed circumstances aka a U-turn would be sensible but politically explosive.
Erin Joynt, 33, was sunbathing when a beach patrol pickup truck veered out of the designated vehicle lane and struck her in the head and back while making a U-turn.
The opposition said the move represented a U-turn and was in effect a revised version of Labour's future jobs fund, cancelled by the coalition government when it came to office.
In yet another U-turn by France, Sarkozy said there was no case for pooling eurozone debt and issuing collective debt instruments known as eurobonds – a German red line.
The U-turn angered many of her own conservative colleagues in the Christian Democratic Union, or CDU, as well as Germany's energy companies.
Most analysts described Ms. Merkel's U-turn on nuclear energy as a mistake after it failed to save her party from defeat in Baden-Württemberg.
By 2006, however, Washington had made a U-turn and was beginning to engage Pyongyang seriously.
This would mark a U-turn for Mr. Sarkozy, who until now had granted several tax advantages to companies and insulated rich taxpayers.
With the intellectual basis for the FTT rather convincingly rubbished, it may seem strange that the European Commission has made such a startling U-turn on the issue in the past 12 months, to the point where it now supports the introduction of a tax of 0.1% on equity and bond transactions and 0.01% on derivatives.