noun, plural volte-face.

  1. a turnabout, especially a reversal of opinion or policy.

noun plural volte-face

  1. a reversal, as in opinion or policy
  2. 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).

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