TERGIVERSATE, veer round, wheel round, turn round; change ones- mind, - intention, - purpose, - note; abjure, renounce; withdraw from (relinquish) [See Relinquishment]; turn a pirouette; go over -, pass -, change -, skip- from one side to another; go to the right-about; box the compass, shift ones ground, go upon another tack.
APOSTATIZE, change sides, go over, rat [cant], tourner casaque [F.], recant, retract; revoke; rescind (abrogate) [See Abrogation]; recall; forswear, unsay; come -over, - round- to an opinion.
BACK DOWN, draw in ones horns, eat ones words; eat -, swallow- the leek; swerve, flinch, back out of, retrace ones steps, crawfish, crawl [both slang, U. S.]; think better of it; come back -, return- to ones first love; turn over a new leaf (repent) [See Penitence].
TRIM, shuffle, play fast and loose, blow hot and cold, coquet, flirt, be on the fence, straddle, hold with the hare but run with the hounds; nager entre deux eaux [F.], wait to see how the -cat jumps, - wind blows.
CHANGEFUL [See Changeableness]; irresolute [See Irresolution]; ductile, slippery as an eel, trimming, ambidextrous, timeserving; coquetting &c. v.
A change came oer the spirit of my dream.Byron
They are not constant, but are changing still.Cymbeline
Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this multitude?II Henry VI