arse
   a person viewed sexually
   Literally, the buttocks but, because they were the subject of taboo while a donkey wasn't, it was changed to ass, which quickly acquired similar connotations and persists in America. Thus in obsolete British use, a jackass became a Johnny Bum, Jack and ass being vulgar, while bum was still respectable.
   The commonest use, of male or female, is when they are described as a bit or piece of arse or ass:
    Am I to believe you would risk something like this for a piece of arse? (Diehl, 1978)
    The stewardesses all agreed he was a piece of ass. (Follett, 1978)
   An arse or ass man is a promiscuous person:
    ... sexy as he smiled at the girl who was one of Engineering's assistants. He was the house ass-man. (M. Thomas, 1982)
   An arse-bandit, sometimes shortened to bandit, is a male homosexual:
    He's a Moonie or somethin', isn't he? he said as he stuck on the Sports Channel — And an arse bandit. (R. Doyle, 1990)
   An arse peddler is a prostitute, heterosexual or homosexual.

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