noun, plural volte-face.
- a turnabout, especially a reversal of opinion or policy.
noun plural volte-face
- a reversal, as in opinion or policy
- a change of position so as to look, lie, etc, in the opposite direction
a reversal of opinion, 1819, French, from Italian volta faccia, literally “turn face,” from volta, imper. of voltare “to turn” (from Vulgar Latin *volvita, from Latin volvere “to roll;” see volvox) + faccia (see face).