volte-face [ volt-fahs, vohlt-; French vawltuh-fas ]
noun, plural volte-face.
1. a turnabout, especially a reversal of opinion or policy.
WORDS RELATED TO VOLTE-FACE
annulment, cancellation, switch, turnaround, repeal, turnabout, reversal, flip-flop, denial, repudiation, disclaimer, disavowal, whirl, swivel, rotate, depend, veer, twirl, wiggle, fluctuate
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Origin: 1810–20; < French < Italian voltafaccia, equivalent to volta turn (see volt) + facciaface
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR VOLTE-FACE
It leaves out only the actual reason for her abrupt, 11th-hour volte-face.
HOW HILLARY'S FEELING ABOUT CAROLINE|CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY|JANUARY 24, 2009|DAILY BEAST
It was the same as that which he had for Hincks's volte-face. '
THE TRIBUNE OF NOVA SCOTIA|W. L. (WILLIAM LAWSON) GRANT
We have had in France an example of volte-face in taste which I confess has left me gasping.
SOME DIVERSIONS OF A MAN OF LETTERS|EDMUND WILLIAM GOSSE
These four factors coalesced during 1948 and led to a reassessment of policy and, finally, to a volte-face.
INTEGRATION OF THE ARMED FORCES, 1940-1965|MORRIS J. MACGREGOR, JR.
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