ass-backwards

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Etymology[edit]

Recorded in the US in the 1930s. From ass +‎ backwards[1]

Adjective[edit]

ass-backwards (comparative more ass-backwards, superlative most ass-backwards)

  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[edit]

ass-backwards (not comparable)

  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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Whitcomb (1935) Talk United States!, page 145

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