The Alternative English Dictionary: ass-backwards

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Entry definition

ass-backwards Alternative forms: (alternative spelling) ass backwards, ass-backward, ass backward, back-asswards, bass-ackwards
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Oriented backwards, particularly after a mishap. The car spun out of control and I ended up ass-backwards in a ditch.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Hopelessly misguided; having taken the utterly wrong choice. No wonder it doesn't work. The whole design is ass-backwards.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Moving backwards, that is, rear end first.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) In a hopelessly misguided manner. They did the whole design ass-backwards. No wonder it doesn't work.
Synonyms: put the cart before the horse
  • backasswards, back-asswards
  • bassackwards, bass-ackwards

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