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go into reverse

To move backward or in the opposite direction. I just worry that our store's sales will go into reverse once everyone reads that terrible review.
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in reverse

1. Of an automobile, having the gear enabled that will allow it to be driven backward. Put it in reverse and then back up very slowly.
2. Backwards; in or facing the opposite direction; in the opposite order or position. Can be used as either an adjective or an adverb. Stop putting my books in reverse when you're cleaning! They're supposed to go A to Z, not Z to A! I think his password is just his birthday in reverse. Did you know that your shirt is in reverse? Your tag is sticking out at the back.
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put (something) into reverse

To cause something to move backward or in the opposite direction. I just worry that that terrible review will put our store's sales into reverse.
See also: put, reverse

put some reverse English on it

1. To strike or throw a ball with a spin that will keep it from moving in particular direction. You'll never get the ball into the pocket that way! Put some reverse English on it!
2. To speak in a manner, often related to syntax, that confuses the listener. No wonder he got so confused, with you putting some reverse English on it like that.
See also: English, on, put, reverse

reverse (one's) course

1. To stop and begin moving in the opposite direction. The quarterback tried reversing his course to evade the defensive linesmen, but he wasn't quick enough and ended up getting sacked in the end zone. As soon as we saw the family of bears, we quietly and hastily reversed course.
2. To suddenly hold or profess a position or opinion that runs contrary or opposite to one held previously. The senator seemed to reverse course the following day, stating that he would never condone police violence against any citizen. The city's legal team spent months convincing the judge to reverse her course and allow the case to proceed.
See also: course, reverse

reverse (one's) field

1. To stop and begin moving in the opposite direction. Said especially of athletes on the field during gameplay. The quarterback tried reversing his field to evade the defensive linesmen, but he wasn't quick enough and ended up getting sacked in the end zone. As soon as we saw the family of bears, we quietly and hastily reversed field.
2. To suddenly hold or profess a position or opinion that runs contrary or opposite to one held previously. The senator seemed to reverse field the following day, stating that he would never condone police violence against any citizen. The city's legal team spent months convincing the judge to reverse her field and allow the case to proceed.
See also: field, reverse

reverse gears

To quickly and often abruptly reverse or retreat from one's position or opinion on a given subject. Refers to shifting into reverse on car or other motor vehicle. The administration is reversing gears on its controversial tax policy, which has come as a surprise to many. Instead of reversing gears, the company has been doubling down on what has been an unprofitable business strategy for many others around the country.
See also: gear, reverse

the reverse of the medal

The opposite, contrary, or differing point of view about or aspect of something. Freelance writers have much greater flexibility in their schedule, as well as in the content they create; the reverse of the medal, of course, is that they rarely have anything resembling job security.
See also: medal, of, reverse
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

the reverse of the medal (or shield)

the opposite view of a matter.
See also: medal, of, reverse
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

go/put something into reˈverse

start to happen or make something happen in the opposite way: In the 1980s economic growth went into reverse.
See also: go, put, reverse, something

in reˈverse

in the opposite order or way; backwards: The secret number is my phone number in reverse.We did a similar trip to you, but in reverse.
See also: reverse
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

reverse gears

tv. to wretch as a prelude to vomiting; to vomit the stomach contents. Beavis is reversing gears and might be going to vomit. You never know with Beavis.
See also: gear, reverse
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

reverse (one's) field

To turn and proceed in the opposite direction.
See also: field, reverse
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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* Reverse mortgages can reduce the inheritance of the borrower's heirs as the borrower's equity in the home declines.
But if lenders want to make non-HECM reverse mortgages, such as mortgages that exceed the FHA's limits on HECM loan amounts, lenders have to shoulder the equity risk themselves.
Some also have charged lenders with selling seniors unnecessary and overpriced annuities in tandem with a reverse mortgage.
While annuities are lawful investment vehicles, an alleged concern with tying annuities to reverse mortgages is that reverse mortgages can be challenging for consumers to understand, so lenders could take advantage of elderly borrowers by charging a high price for an unneeded annuity.
A few states have weighed in on the concern about tying annuities to reverse mortgages.
(The recent federal regulatory agencies' Interagency Guidance on Nontraditional Loan Product Risks, which includes provisions on consumer communications and loan product education, does not apply to reverse mortgages.) A number of states also require lenders to ensure that reverse-mortgage borrowers obtain or are advised of the availability of counseling.
5, 2006, reverse-mortgage lenders must refer a prospective borrower to a housing counseling agency for counseling and obtain a certification that the borrower received the required counseling prior to accepting a final application for a reverse mortgage or assessing any fees.
Also noteworthy is that lenders of open-end reverse mortgages (as defined in Regulation Z) are expressly prohibited from terminating and demanding repayment on a reverse mortgage unless the consumer defaults, transfers title to the property, ceases using the securing property as the primary dwelling or dies.
Finally, most reverse loans are subject to the right that borrowers have under TILA to rescind the loan within three days of closing, because most are not purchase-money loans.
Finally, because reverse mortgages are non-recourse, reverse-mortgage servicers must be diligent in monitoring the collateral to ensure that borrowers are meeting their contractual obligations to keep the home in good condition.