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1570s, "figure of speech in which the natural order of words or phrases is inverted, especially for the sake of emphasis," from Greek hyperbaton, literally "overstepping," from hyper "over" + bainein "to step" (see come).
a transposition or inversion of usual word order. The device is often used in poetry, as in line 13 from Canto II of Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1712-14): "Bright as the sun, her eyes the gazers strike."