about-face - definitions and synonyms

about-face verb

  1. English Meaning: 

    : turn, usually 180 degrees

  2. English Meaning: 

    : change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint

about-face noun

  1. English Meaning: 

    : act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation


    about turn
  2. English Meaning: 

    : a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

    Example Sentenses:

    • an about-face on foreign policy

Usage Examples:

  • He said it was illegal to run face-saving campaign from public taxes.
  • Rizwan and Ashraf provided a face-saving partnership for Pakistan with 107 for the seventh wicket before the former was run out for 71 by a smart underarm throw from Mitchell Santner at square leg.
  • We have since fallen in behind it but it will be a face-saving withdrawal.
  • However all western media portrays this as face saving solution for China.
  • But Jan Longeval, an analyst at Banque Degroof in Brussels, sees a face-saving way out.
  • Like flare-ups in the eurozone before, I believe a face-saving agreement will be found.