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English definition of “about-turn”

about-turn

noun [C] uk   /əˌbaʊtˈtɜːn/ us    /-ˈtɝːn/ 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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