AskDefine | Define turnabout

Dictionary Definition



1 a decision to reverse an earlier decision [syn: reversal, change of mind, flip-flop, turnaround]
2 turning in the opposite direction [syn: reversion, reverse, reversal, turnaround]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of turning about so as to face in the opposite direction
  2. A reversal of a decision or opinion etc; a change of mind or flip-flop

Extensive Definition

Turnabout can refer to:
Turnabout (game show) - A BBC television game show;
Turnabout - a 1931 novel by Thorne Smith
Turnabout (film) - A comedy directed by Hal Roach and starring Adolphe Menjou and Carole Landis; based on the Thorne Smith novel.
Turnabout (TV series) - A 1979 situation comedy based on the film, starring John Schuck and Sharon Gless

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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