A sudden drift from one’s position
If a government changes its position radically on an issue, especially when they have promised not to do so, this is a U-turn.
Ugly As A Stick :
If someone is as ugly as a stick, they are very ugly indeed.
Ugly Duckling :
An ugly duckling is a child who shows little promise, but who develops later into a real talent or beauty.
Uncalled For :
If someone does something bad and unnecessary without consideration for other feelings, what they do is uncalled for.
Uncharted Waters :
If you are in uncharted waters, you are in a situation that is unfamiliar to you, that you have no experience of and do not know what might happen.
Uncle Sam :
Under A Cloud :
If someone is suspected of having done something wrong, they are under a cloud.
Under A Flag Of Convenience :
If someone does something under a flag of convenience, they attempt to avoid regulations and taxes by a similar means. If a ship sails under a flag of convenience, it is registered in a country where taxes are lower than in the country where it comes form.
The poor and the backward
Under False Colours :
If someone does something under false colours, they pretend to be something they are not in order to deceive people so that they can succeed.
Under Fire :
If someone is being attacked and criticised heavily, they are under fire.
Under Lock and Key :
If something is under lock and key, it is stored very securely.
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