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1. adjective Backwards; incorrect; contrary to what is expected or desired. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Well, no wonder the computer isn't working. You've got the plugs all in arse about.
2. verb To behave in a silly or unproductive manner. Primarily heard in UK. Quit arsing about, we've got some serious work we need finished!
See also: arse
To behave in a silly or unproductive manner. Primarily heard in UK. The problem with hiring such young people for manual labor is that they always want to arse around instead of doing their work.
bring (one's) arse to an anchor
To be seated and still, likened to a ship being moored in place by an anchor. Primarily heard in UK. Kids! Quit running around and bring your arse to an anchor!
lick (someone's) ass
vulgar To flatter, fawn over, or eagerly agree with (someone, especially a person of higher authority) as a means of currying favor. Primarily heard in US. It's no wonder you're the teacher's favorite from the way you lick her ass! Look, it's just the nature of this business that sometimes you have to lick ass if you want to get ahead.
lick (someone's) arse
vulgar To flatter, fawn over, or eagerly agree with (someone, especially a person of higher authority) as a means of currying favor. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. It's no wonder you're the teacher's favourite from the way you lick her arse!
pain in the arse
An especially irritating, aggravating, or obnoxious person, thing, or situation. Primarily heard in UK. You know, Jack, you may be my friend, but you can be a real pain in the arse sometimes! This calculus homework is a real pain in the arse. It's not that I don't understand it, it's just so tedious!
stick it/(something) up your arse!
A rude, vulgar invective expressing disdain, contempt, disgust, or anger to someone (about something). Primarily heard in UK. I've taken enough of the boss's crap—he can stick this job up his arse! Bill: "You're acting like a fool, Dave. You need to sober up and get your life in order." Dave: "Ah, stick it up your arse, Bill! You don't know what's best for me!"
talk through (one's) arse
1. vulgar slang To say foolish things; to talk of nonsense. Primarily heard in UK. Don't pay Jonathan any mind, Mary, he's just talking through his arse again.
2. vulgar slang To exaggerate one's achievements or knowledge of some subject; to bluff or boast. Primarily heard in UK. Dorothy keeps saying she can outrun anyone in our school, but she's talking through her arse if you ask me. It seemed like the candidate was talking through his arse for a while when the debate turned to the topic of tax policy and law.