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about-face an abrupt, complete change in opinion, beliefs, actions, or the like; switch; reversal. [1/3 definitions]
air pocket a downward air current that can cause an abrupt change, usu. a drop, in an aircraft's altitude.
backlash an abrupt and sometimes violent motion or movement backward. [1/3 definitions]
bluff1 abrupt or bluntly outspoken, but good-natured. [1/3 definitions]
blunt direct in manner; abrupt and frank. [1/5 definitions]
bolt1 an abrupt movement away from or toward something, as in attempting an escape; dash. [2/14 definitions]
brush-off (informal) an abrupt dismissal or rejection.
brusque impolitely abrupt in speech or actions; curt.
check a sudden or abrupt halt. [1/18 definitions]
choppy characterized by abrupt transitions, inconsistent style, or uneven quality. [1/3 definitions]
cold turkey (informal) abrupt and total withdrawal from using an addictive substance such as a drug or tobacco. [1/3 definitions]
congé an abrupt dismissal. [1/4 definitions]
curt unpleasantly abrupt; brusque. [1/2 definitions]
dart a fast, abrupt movement, esp. a short dash. [1/6 definitions]
exclamation the act of exclaiming; an abrupt or vehement utterance. [1/2 definitions]
flounce1 to go or move in an abrupt, jerky, impatient manner (often fol. by out, away, or the like). [1/3 definitions]
French leave an unannounced or unauthorized departure, often abrupt or unceremonious.
gentle gradual or mild; not steep or abrupt. [1/7 definitions]
gruff rough, abrupt, and surly in manner. [1/2 definitions]
gush an abrupt, abundant, or forceful outflow. [1/7 definitions]
gust an abrupt or sudden burst of anything, such as smoke, rain, or emotional response. [1/3 definitions]