Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a reverse manner or way; backward; in a preposterous position; upside down; topsy-turvy: as, “the world goes arsie-versie,”Benvenuto, Passengers' Dialogues.

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Examples

  • You will agree that this is to get things arsy-versy: they are convinced that climate change is not to any extent man-made and they select articles to that effect.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Now yonder standeth thy brother Gharib amiddle-most the fightfield and stead where sword and spear we shall wield; go thou to him and bring him to me a prisoner, that I may set him on a camel arsy-versy, and make a show of him and carry him to the land of Hind.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Le sigh! at the Beau's increasing inability to control his demeanor and imbibing, and his inability to move Seattle to London or arsy-versy.

    What blokes say

  • 'Strewth, mate, we been turnin' the joint arsy-versy lookin 'for you!

    The Gates of Noon

  • Now yonder standeth thy brother Gharib amiddle-most the fightfield and stead where sword and spear we shall wield; go thou to him and bring him to me a prisoner, that I may set him on a camel arsy-versy, and make a show of him and carry him to the land of

    Arabian nights. English

  • So the Kitchener weighed it out to him and the good-for-naught entered the shop, whereupon the man set the food before him and he ate till he had gobbled up the whole and licked the saucers and sat perplexed, knowing not how he should do with the Cook concerning the price of that he had eaten, and turning his eyes about upon everything in the shop; and as he looked, behold, he caught sight of an earthen pan lying arsy-versy upon its mouth; so he raised it from the ground and found under it a horse's tail, freshly cut off and the blood oozing from it; whereby he knew that the Cook adulterated his meat with horseflesh.

    Arabian nights. English

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