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arse about face

slang Reversed; not as it should be. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Is that dress on backwards? It looks arse about face.
See also: arse, face
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arse about face

BRITISH, VERY RUDE
If something is arse about face, it happens or is done in the opposite way to how it should happen or be done. Note: `Arse' is a very rude word for a person's bottom. You seem determined to do this arse about face. I got unemployment benefits while I was working, which was a bit arse about face.
See also: arse, face
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

arse about face

contrary to what is usual, expected, or logical.
2005 Dangermaus Leading judges in Ireland have denied that the justice system in Ireland is ‘arse about face’ as controversy grew over sentencing of a convicted sex-offender in Dublin.
See also: arse, face
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