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Meaning of arsy-varsy

ar•sy-var•sy

Pronunciation: (är'sē-vär'sē), [key]
— Informal. Informal.
—adj.
  1. wrong end foremost; completely backward: an arsy-varsy way of doing things.
—adv.
  1. in a backward or thoroughly mixed-up fashion: The papers are all filed arsy-varsy.
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