from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reversal, as in policy; an about-face.
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- n. a reversal of policy, attitude or principle
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden change from one position, in a matter of principle, policy, or polities, to its direct opposite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
French, from Italian voltafaccia : volta (from voltare, to turn; see vault2) + faccia, face (from Vulgar Latin *facia; see face).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French (Wiktionary)