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1‘he saluted, did an about-turn, and marched out of the tent’
about-face, volte-face, turnaround, turnround, turnabout, U-turn, rowback
informal U-ey, one-eighty
2‘the government was forced to make an embarrassing about-turn over the bill’
reversal, retraction, backtracking, swing, shift, swerve, U-turn, volte-face, turnaround, turnround
change of heart, change of mind, sea change
1‘suddenly he about-turned and saluted again’
about-face, turn around, turn round, turn about, do a U-turn, reverse, row back
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