arsy-versy


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arsy-versy

(ˈɑːsɪˈvɜːsɪ)
adv
1. backwards or upside down
2. in reverse
[C16: from arse + Latin versus turned, modelled on compounds like hurly-burly]
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But, as we have seen, this sequencing of Herbert's formulation of the causal nexus between the believer's inward and outward states is arsy-versy. In The Country Parson, Herbert takes care to stress that the parson's ability to do good begins from within and that the formation of his good character operates not from outside, working in, but from inside, working out.
arsy-versy and moidores) may send readers to a dictionary, but it only adds to the atmosphere of the story.
backwards on a horse, arsy-versy. The ancient connections between folly and vice, evident in the