from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The act of pivoting to face in the opposite direction from the original, especially in a military formation.
- noun A military command to turn clockwise 180°.
- noun A total change of attitude or viewpoint.
- intransitive verb To reverse direction.
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- noun military An abrupt turn to face the
- noun A reversal in direction; reversal of attitude or opinion.
- verb intransitive To
turn180 degreesto facethe opposite direction;
- verb To change opinion or attitude drastically.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb turn, usually 180 degrees
- verb change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
- noun a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
- noun act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
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That would entail an about-face for the IMF, which has spent the last year or two arguing that nations needed to make deficit-reduction goal No. 1.
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The Huffington post points out that this is an abrupt about-face for the FASB:
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The companies' shares tumbled last week after an about-face in German nuclear policy threw into doubt the prospects of a business that seemed a surefire profit stream before the Japan crisis.
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Girardi—who spoke with his shortstop several times Tuesday night and conferred with general manager Brian Cashman—did an about-face, saying he'd likely keep Jeter in the lineup until he reaches the milestone.
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Rodriguez has been involved in a similar about-face in his career.
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