arse over tit

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arse over tit (comparative more arse over tit, superlative most arse over tit)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, UK, idiomatic, vulgar) Tumbling; falling; upside-down; unstable or unbalanced.
    I missed the step and went arse over tit.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The comparative and superlative forms are uncommon, but do occur.
  • Sometimes abbreviated and slightly sanitised as A over T


  • Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over tit / And when I woke up in my hospital bed / And saw what it had done, I wished I was dead. "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" by Eric Bogle (1972)


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