Definition of the other way round (or around) in English:

the other way round (or around)

(British the other way about)

phrase

  • 1In the opposite position or direction.

    ‘the door to the hall was hung the other way around from her own’
    • ‘Please note that the banner stating Start and Finish needs to be the other way round!’
    1. 1.1 The opposite of what is expected or supposed.
      ‘it was you who sought me out, not the other way round’
      • ‘Ideally, in knowledge-based industries like banking and financial services, the figures should be the other way round.’
      • ‘I used to think the older sister was supposed to watch over the younger one not the other way around.’
      • ‘Parents expect to be buried by their children, not the other way around.’
      • ‘Surely, the lesson's that no player is bigger than the game, and that it's the fans who dictate the governance of sport, not the other way round.’
      • ‘I assumed it was the latter since I was supposed to be following him, not the other way around.’
      • ‘I would expect it to be the other way round, can anyone explain?’
      • ‘He feels that the project will actually lead to overcrowding in Bangalore due to an influx of people from other cities and towns and not the other way round.’
      • ‘He's the guy in charge, and people are supposed to listen to him, not the other way around.’
      • ‘She couldn't understand why he was so scared; it was she who was supposed to be scared of him, not the other way round.’
      • ‘The facts should dictate the policy, not the other way round.’
      conversely, inversely, the other way round, contrariwise, oppositely, in reverse, reciprocally
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