re verse english

reverse English

noun
1.
Also called reverse side. Billiards. a spinning motion imparted to a cue ball in such a manner as to prevent it from moving in a certain direction. Compare running English.
2.
words that, because of their misuse or careless syntax, convey an opposite meaning from the one intended or leave their exact meaning in doubt: “Don't miss it if you can” is reverse English.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism

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