1. to reverse a vehicle.
|Ghost Squad 139: One of the blokes said ‘Arse her [a lorry] up here,’ I backed her up against one of the Railway arches.|
2. to push, to shove.
|(con. 1920s) Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 219: He arsed his way through the crowd.|
3. to drink, to consume.
|Trainspotting 44: Stevie bought a bottle of Bells at the station and had arsed the lot by the time the train rolled into Waverley.|
4. (Aus.) to dismiss.
|Bug (Aus.) 14 May 🌐 The scandal [...] of the bastard bed-wetting wowsers of the ARL arsing young Gower from the Australian side for the triffling offence of flashing his not-so-old fellow in a Sydney bayside pub.|
1. to waste time, to idly wander about.
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk I 9: Then (at his Ease) Arsing about.|
|Ulysses 307: Arsing around from one pub to another.|
|(con. 1918) German Prisoner 14: We can’t arse about here much longer.|
|Age Of Consent 126: Have to get out of here [...] Man goes clean off his crumpet, arsing about a bally lonely hole like this all day with nothing to do.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 25: I remember with envy the evenings we used to have about a year ago: certain percentage of creative arsing-about.letter 10 Nov. in Thwaite|
|Pastoral 22: Up in London you arse around and go to the local and meet the boys.|
|Grass in Piccadilly 148: Mrs. Dill would understand. She would never arse about yattering all over the place.|
|Sundowners 124: Christ, the way we’re arsing about —.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 191: This arsing around the chapel is as good [...] as a trip to Switzerland.|
|Brendan Behan’s Island (1984) 18: A generation or so ago they were arsing around the bog, and a bowl of stirabout and a couple of platefuls of spuds would have cured all the Angst from here back to Norway.|
|(con. 1930s) Sinking of the Kenbane Head 61: You should be in a good job instead of arsing around here.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 14: arse around to idle, to loaf around desultorily, to be in a state of dolce far niente, to be in a condition wherein one needs to get one’s arse in gear.|
|Big Ask 97: Darren’s up on the roof, arsing around.|
|Grits 8: Fuck all that arsing about with flour an butter an milk, life’s too short.|
2. to turn round.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Arse about. Turn round.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
3. to fool around.
|(ref. to 1930) Emlyn 175: He and his buddy started to dance together, arsing around, you know ...No, in the buff, except for socks and shoes, hats on the back of their heads.|
|Spike Island (1981) 130: ‘Arson, was it?’ ‘Arsin’ about more like!’.|
|Best Radio Plays (1984) 192: Will you stop arsing around and listen!Scouting for Boys in|
|Breakfast on Pluto 53: The cut of the cunt — arsing about my television with a head on him like Barney Gillis’s cockerel!|
|Turning (2005) 151: The kids arse about on escalators in department stores.|
to leave, to exit.
|Airtight Willie and Me 16: We caught a glimpse of her cannon assing it down the alley.|
|Grits 80: En wir in-a car an fuckin arsin it awey.|
to leave quickly.
|DSUE (1984) 27/1: C.19–20.|
|World Wide Words 27 Mar. 🌐 It may have been formed after the model of several other similar military expressions. An older one is arsed off, from arse off, a low slang term from the later part of the nineteenth century that meant ‘to leave quickly.’.|