Meaning of “about-turn” in the English Dictionary

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"about-turn" in British English

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about-turnnoun [ C ]

uk /əˌbaʊtˈtɜːn/ us /əˌbaʊtˈtɝːn/ UK US about-face

a change of direction:

I'd only gone a little way down the street when I remembered I hadn't locked the door, so I made/did a quick about-turn.

a complete change of opinion or behaviour:

This is the government's second about-turn on the issue.

(Definition of “about-turn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)