arse over tit

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arse over tit (not comparable)

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

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  • Sometimes abbreviated and slightly sanitised as A over T

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  • 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. The Pogues’ version of "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" by Eric Bogle (1972). In the original, the phrase is arse over head.

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