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noun
Also called reverse side .Billiards. a spinning motion imparted to a cue ball in such a manner as to prevent it from moving in a certain direction.Compare running English.
words that, because of their misuse or careless syntax, convey an opposite meaning from the one intended or leave their exact meaning in doubt: “Don't miss it if you can” is reverse English.
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SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
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Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of reverse English

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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