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on one's uppers

Definition of on one's uppers

British old-fashioned + informal

  1. :  having very little money <He'd come to me for money whenever he was on his uppers.>



Word by Word Definitions

upperplay uppers
  1. :  higher in physical position, rank, or order

    :  farther inland

    :  constituting the branch of a bicameral legislature that is usually smaller and more restricted in membership and possesses greater traditional prestige than the lower house

  1. :  one that is upper: as

    :  the parts of a shoe or boot above the sole

    :  an upper tooth or denture

  1. :  a stimulant drug

    :  amphetamine

    :  something that induces a state of good feeling or exhilaration


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