The Alternative English Dictionary: arsy versy

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arsy versy Alternative forms: arsey versey, arsy versey, arsey versyAlternative forms: arsy varsy etymology Alteration of arsa versa, a blend of an alteration of arse + vice versa, modeled on vicey versey
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, British, vulgar) Tumbling upside down; head over heels; backwards.
    • 1612, Benvenuto, The Passenger of Benvenuto: Dost thou not know that from the beginning the world goes arsie-versie.
Synonyms: (vulgar, backwards) ass over teakettle, ass backwards, back-asswards

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