arse about

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arse about

  1. Alternative form of arse around
  2. (obsolete, slang) To turn round.


arse about (not comparable)

  1. (slang) The wrong way round; exactly opposite to that which is desirable; contrary; conceptually inverted; wrong.
    You've got this arse-about!
    • 1995, David Wills, Prosthesis, Stanford University Press, page 207,
      For the dome of the belly turned arse about has its parallel in the eye that falls out like the contents of a broken egg and that in its evocation of and preempting of regeneration becomes, in Bataille's novel, unremittingly erotic and polymorphously perverse.
    • 2007, L. J. Spears, Jack Flagg[1], page 66:
      Strike me if wasn't thinking old Colonel Bill had got it arse about.
    • 2008, Kieran Kelly, Aspiring, Pan MacMillan Australia, page 65,
      ‘This is arse-about, you know,’ I said. ‘You′ve got the athletic skills, and I'm the one going mountain climbing. [] .’


  • [Francis] Grose [et al.] (1811), “Arse about”, in Lexicon Balatronicum. A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence. [], London: Printed for C. Chappell, [], OCLC 23927885.