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  • adverb Australia, New Zealand, UK, idiomatic, vulgar Tumbling; falling; upside-down; unstable or unbalanced.

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  • I heard this a lot when I lived in Australia. I still love it. Hee...

    September 12, 2008

  • My mother-in-law used to say "ass over teakettle". Presumably yours means the same as hers: a spectacular fall.

    December 30, 2008

  • Yes, this is an Australianism I heard quite a bit, from respectable people who did not swear (much).(Saying an Australian doesn't swear at all is... well, it does not compute.) Some (few) people said "arse over head" though.

    December 30, 2008

  • My mother says "ass over tin cup."

    December 30, 2008

  • We also say "ass over tea kettle."

    December 30, 2008

  • isn't arse over elbow common in the UK these days as well? I think arse over tit can also be used to mean "badly confused" or screwed up in some way.

    December 27, 2012