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arsy-varsy

[ahr-see-vahr-see] /ˈɑr siˈvɑr si/
adjective
1.
wrong end foremost; completely backward:
an arsy-varsy way of doing things.
adverb
2.
in a backward or thoroughly mixed-up fashion:
The papers are all filed arsy-varsy.
Also, arsyversy
[ahr-see-vur-see] /ˈɑr siˈvɜr si/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; probably alteration of Latin vice versa (see vice versa), with arse substituted to make a facetious rhyming compound; for Latin versa > varsy, cf. argal3
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