in reverse order

idiom

: from the end to the beginning : so that what is first becomes last and what is last becomes first
The movie tells the story of her life in reverse order.
Let's have our meal in reverse order—dessert first!

Examples of in reverse order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ranking the best picture nominees, worst to first Once the dust cleared on nominations morning, my pal, Times film critic Justin Chang, surveyed the landscape, ranking the best picture nominees in reverse order (the only way rankings should be done). Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Jamie’s perspective on the relationship is told in chronological order, Cathy’s perspective is sung in reverse order. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2024 Claims are awarded in reverse order of winning percentage. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 31 Aug. 2023 For example, the team could now identify exactly where an inversion occurs—where breaks in the DNA cause a segment to reinsert itself in reverse order—and use that technique to spot other inversions. Popular Science, 23 Aug. 2023 Take another look in reverse order: B must pay A upfront $17,500 to cover the SPV registration fee. Ann Rutledge, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023 Points were awarded in reverse order of voting (13 for first, 12 for second, 11 for third … on down to one point for a 13th-place vote). Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 12 July 2023 Points are awarded in reverse order of standings for regular-season conference championships, with a single bonus point added for a conference tournament championship. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 6 June 2023 The other 11 lottery squads have their own sets of four-number combinations that could result in a lottery victory, though the number of combinations given to each team decreases in reverse order of the league standings. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 17 May 2023

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“In reverse order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20reverse%20order. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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