from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plural of as2.
  • n. Plural of ass1.
  • n. Vulgar Slang Plural of ass2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of ass.
  • n. Plural form of as.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of as and of ass.


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  • The _asses_ and _loads_ being all marked and numbered with red paint, a certain number of each was allotted to each of the six messes, into which the soldiers were divided; and the asses were further subdivided amongst the individuals of each mess, so that every man could tell at first sight the ass and load which belonged to him.

    The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa, in the Year 1805

  • But if the first three had specifically assigned to them eighteen oun - ces, then the dupokdium or double as would again take place; and the estate being divided into iwo asses or 24 ounces, the three heirs niMdinated simply, without assignment of shares, would divide be - tween them in equal portions six asses* Ferriere in loco.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • We worked for years to put Democrats in power — and all we have now to cover our naked, freezing asses is these lousy Kos T-shirts.

    Matthew Yglesias » Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

  • What is it with you clowns and constantly discussing forcing and/or shoving things in asses and mouths?

    Think Progress » Obama ‘wins showdown’ with Republicans as the Senate confirms 27 of his high-level nominees.

  • I actually am glad that Gerry Connolly stood up and said, "Bullshit!" when the House GOP tried to pass the tax-raising buck onto every possible corner of the government they could in order to save their pathetic, driveling, snotty asses from the inevitable.


  • Then Mark Foley popped up (sorry) and revealed that not only was one of the GOP's staunchest defenders of "family values" on the prowl for young muscle studs, the cover-up of his activities was engineered by the Republican House leadership in order to protect their political asses from the wrath of the so-called "values voters."

    October 2006

  • Or in a real -- a practical -- sense, I'd like to write a book that some downtrodden kid in Nowhere Town, Idaho or Killmenow, Scotland might read and find some hope in, suddenly see that going Columbine on their classmates asses is not the only option.

    Magic 101

  • Even pretending to issue a fatwa to save your asses is ok by allah.

    You expected maybe the Donald Rumsfeld fan club? « BuzzMachine

  • I'm staying in San Francisco and I'll be working with the EFF to come up with novel ways to show comporations that the cheapest and best way to cover their asses is by donating cash and resources to us.

    Boing Boing: March 3, 2002 - March 9, 2002 Archives

  • Well, your boys have proved that the way to succeed in American politics when you’re kicked out on your asses is to behave like a bunch of spoilt three-year-olds.

    Matthew Yglesias » Generic Ballot Points to Giant House GOP Win in 2010


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  • *facepalm*

    May 4, 2010

  • Seen repeatedly in a text about assessing student performance. For example:

    "By analyzing primary documents through a class reading, students will asses some of the duties performed by these camp followers."

    April 26, 2010