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Meaning of “U-turn” in the English Dictionary

"U-turn" in British English

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U-turnnoun [C]

uk   /ˈjuː.tɜːn/  us   /-tɝːn/ (informal U-ie, uk   /ˈjuːi/ us   )
a ​turn made by a ​car in ​order to go back in the ​direction from which it has come: It is ​illegal to do/make a U-turn on a ​motorway. mainly disapproving a ​completechange from one ​opinion or ​plan of ​action to an ​opposite one: The ​primeminister did/made a ​quick U-turn in ​response to all the ​adversepublicity.
(Definition of U-turn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"U-turn" in American English

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U-turnnoun [C]

 /ˈjuˌtɜrn/
  • U-turn noun [C] (180 DEGREE TURN)

a ​turn like a U, made by a ​vehicle to go back in the ​direction from which it came: I was making a U-turn into the southbound ​lanes.
  • U-turn noun [C] (CHANGE OF OPINION)

a ​completechange from one ​opinion or ​plan to an ​opposite one
(Definition of U-turn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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