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1topsy–turvy

adverb top·sy–tur·vy \ˌtäp-sē-ˈtər-vē\

: in or into great disorder or confusion

Full Definition of TOPSY-TURVY

1
:  in utter confusion or disorder
2
:  with the top or head downward :  upside down

Origin of TOPSY-TURVY

probably ultimately from tops (plural of 1top) + obsolete English terve to turn upside down
First Known Use: 1528

2topsy–turvy

adjective

Definition of TOPSY-TURVY

:  turned topsy-turvy :  totally disordered
top·sy–tur·vi·ly \-ˈtər-və-lē\ adverb
top·sy–tur·vy·dom \-vē-dəm\ noun

First Known Use of TOPSY-TURVY

1612

3topsy–turvy

noun

Definition of TOPSY-TURVY

First Known Use of TOPSY-TURVY

1655
TOPSY-TURVYDOM Defined for Kids

topsy–turvy

adverb or adjective top·sy–tur·vy \ˌtäp-sē-ˈtər-vē\

Definition of TOPSY-TURVY for Kids

1
:  upside down <The wagon lay topsy-turvy at the bottom of the hill.>
2
:  in complete disorder <“… our lives have been very topsy-turvy for quite some time.” — Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy>

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