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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 complete change from one opinion or plan of action to an opposite one: The prime minister did/made a quick U-turn in response to all the adverse publicity.
(Definition of U-turn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 complete change 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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