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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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ARSET, ARSET-BACK, adv. “Backwards” (S.D.D.).Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 191: 
Wi' rattling doddles arset stump.
Gall. 1887 Jam.6:
ARSET, adv. Backwards, stern foremost; same with arslin, arselins.

[For arse-ward. Now obs. in St.Eng. Cf. Eng. dial. arserd, assard, assud. See E.D.D. arseward and Sc. Ersit = perverse.]

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