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volte-face

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˌvɒltˈfæs/ us    /ˌvoʊlt-/ ( plural volte-face) literary
a sudden change from one set of beliefs or plan of action to the opposite: In 1986 he made a very public and dramatic political volte-face from Left to Right.
Translations of “volte-face”
in Chinese (Traditional) (信仰等的)大轉變,完全轉變…
in Chinese (Simplified) (信仰等的)大转变,完全转变…
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