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Definition of the noun about-face

What does about-face mean as a name of something?


  1. act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
  2. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
    • example: an about-face on foreign policy
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of about-face: policy change / reversal / volte-face
    • more generic word: change = the action of changing something
    • more specific word: undoing = an act that makes a previous act of no effect

Alternative definition of the noun about-face


  1. An abrupt turn to face the opposite direction; often used metaphorically.

Definition of the verb about-face

What does about-face mean as a doing word?


  1. turn, usually 180 degrees
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: turn = change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  2. change one's mind and assume the opposite viewpoint
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: rethink = change one's mind

Alternative definition of the verb about-face


  1. To turn 180 degrees to face the opposite direction; often used metaphorically.


  1. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face" is the second studio solo album by Pink Floyd's guitarist, David Gilmour, the album was released in March 1984. It was co-produced by himself and Bob Ezrin. Two tracks, "All Lovers Are Deranged" and the more radio-friendly "Love on the Air", were co-written by Gilmour and his long-time friend Pete Townshend, the main songwriter for legendary rock band The Who. The remainder of the songs are credited solely to Gilmour himself. In May of the same year, fellow Floyd counterpart Roger Waters released his first official solo album The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. About Face reached number 21 in the UK and number 32 in the US and was certified gold by the RIAA.
  2. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face" is a musical album of #1 Dads.
    • released on
  3. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face" is a musical album of The Working Title.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face": About Face is a musical album by Face.
    • released on
    • award: - Independent Music Award for Best EP - Urban (Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B/Soul) nomination for Face & el león Entertainment


  1. "About-face" a.k.a. "About face" is a book by Alison Broinowski.
    • subjects: Oceania, History, Australia, Foreign relations, Asia
  2. "About-face" a.k.a. "About face" is a book by June Rae Wood.
    • genres: Fiction, Children's literature
    • subjects: Friendship, Woman
  3. "About-face" a.k.a. "About face" is a book by Clayton Naff.
    • also known as "About face: how I stumbled onto Japan's social revolution"
  4. "About-face" a.k.a. "About face" is a book by Dorothy Aaron.
    • also known as "About face: towards a positive image of women in advertising"
  5. "About-face" a.k.a. "About face" is a book by Andy Warhol.
    • also known as "About face: Andy Warhol portraits"

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  1. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face" is a 1952 film directed by Roy Del Ruth.
  2. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face" is a 1942 comedy film written by Eugene Conrad and Edward E. Seabrook and directed by Kurt Neumann.
  3. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now" is a 2012 documentary film directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
  4. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face" is a 2008 short film written by Kirk Comrie and directed by Chad Maker.
  5. "About-face" a.k.a. "About Face" is a film, directed by Paul Barresi.


  1. About-face a.k.a. About Face is a British sitcom consisting of twelve unconnected half-hour episodes starring Maureen Lipman. Each episode featured a guest cast of familiar personalities. The first set of six installments was broadcast in November–December 1989 and the second set in January–February 1991.
    • begun on and completed on (24 years ago)
    • 12 episodes of 30 minutes each
    • country: United Kingdom
    • regular cast: Maureen Lipman
    • genre: Sitcom
  2. About-face a.k.a. About Face is an educational institution, school.

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Google previewA Seventy-Five Year Old School Boy (2009)

Still Finds Joy Sitting in the Classroom by Abdur-Rahim Rashada

About-Face: About-face means turn around or ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

switch 7 backset, setback, turning 8 backfire 9 about-face, inversion, turnabout, volte-face reverse 4 lift, turn 5 annul, check, polar, shift, verso 6 change, contra, defeat, invert, recall, repeal, revoke 7 backset, capsize, counter, rescind, set back ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

abhor about-face ant. continuity, continuation, inces- sancy, ceaselessness. abhor v. loathe, detest, despise, abominate, hate, execrate, shrink, from, recoil from, avoid, shun, scorn, disdain, reject. abhorrent adj. detestable, horrible, despicable, ...

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Me and my loneliness
Face to face

Moonlit night, firefly
Known silence

Me and my loneliness
Face to face

Known joy, pleasures
Unknown shout

Me and my loneliness
Face to face. (Abhinaba Sen)
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