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  • n. A 180-degree turn towards the right (especially of troops)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A turning directly about by the right, so as to face in the opposite direction; also, the quarter directly opposite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The opposite direction: used only in the phrase to send or turn to the right-about, to send or turn in the opposite direction; pack off; send or turn off; dismiss.


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  • He wrote later, "Just as rapidly as the message had traveled over the cables, I decided on my change of front -- to turn to the right-about, and face to the South."

    Amundsen and Scott at the South Pole

  • Just as rapidly as the message had travelled over the cables I decided on my change of front -- to turn to the right-about, and face to the South.

    The South Pole~ Plan and Preparations

  • This was classic Clinton: smart, high-minded, right-about health care, at least-and somewhat evasive.

    A Blue Christmas For Elvis

  • The next time the Parliament met, he called a House of Lords of sixty members, as the petition gave him power to do; but as that Parliament did not please him either, and would not proceed to the business of the country, he jumped into a coach one morning, took six Guards with him, and sent them to the right-about.

    A Child's History of England

  • The consternation which ensued on the death of the Rowski, speedily sent all his camp-followers, army, &c. to the right-about.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • Broussais, and Esquirol, they were sent to the right-about.

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • I take the rebuke, and turn a soft right-about face, and listen awhile as the service continues.

    Roundabout Papers

  • Fingool MacKishgmard Obesume Burgearse Benefice, He was bowen hem and scrapin him in recolcitrantament to the right-about And these probenopubblicoes clamatising for an extinsion on his hostillery With his chargehand bombing their eres.

    Finnegans Wake

  • The spahis durst not wait the shock of such an encounter; they wheeled to the right-about, and clapping spurs to their horses, fled in the utmost disorder.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • Sergeant Meredith told him that Minden would never have been won but for the two English regiments, who charged the French with fixed bayonets, and sent them to the right-about in double-quick time.



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  • The child, who was as pretty as a picture, Miss Grantham saw, could not have been more than eighteen or nineteen, and to watch a roué of Filey's years and experience leering down at her made Miss Grantham long to be able to box his ears, and send him to the right-about.

    —Georgette Heyer, Faro's Daughter

    June 4, 2009