volte face

[ volt-fahs, vohlt-; French vawltuh-fas ]SEE DEFINITION OF volte face
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But it was too late: the volte face was too sudden and complete.

He was not an uneducated man, but volte face, correctly pronounced, was unfamiliar in his ears.

If I had inwardly reproached him for fickleness when he confessed his volte face, I exonerated him at sight of his old love.

Pretending concern in her, had he not really joined the camp of her enemies and detractors, the volte face thing!

The simplicity of M. Fnelon was rudely shocked by this "volte face."

The miserable state of the nation seemed to demand a volte face.

This volte face (I happen to know) will come as a severe disappointment to many; for we had quite counted him one of us.