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Language: Old English
Origin: ærs, ears

arse

1 noun
     
arse1 [countable] British English spoken not polite
1 the part of your body that you sit on [= ass American English]
2 a stupid and annoying person
3

my arse!

used to say that you do not believe something
4

get off your arse

used to tell someone to stop being lazy and start doing something
5

shift/move your arse

or

get your arse into gear

used to tell someone to hurry up
6

not know your arse from your elbow

to be stupid and confused about simple things
ass

; ➔ be a pain in the arse

at pain1 (3), smart arse

; ➔ work your arse off

at work1 (30)

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