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upend

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verb up·end \ˌəp-ˈend\

Simple Definition of upend

  • : to cause (something) to be upside down : to turn (something) over

  • : to cause (someone) to fall down or be turned over

Full Definition of upend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set or stand on end; also :  overturn 1

  3. 2 a :  to affect to the point of being upset or flurried <a … literary shocker, designed to upend the credulous matrons — Wolcott Gibbs> b :  defeat, beat

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to rise on an end

Examples of upend

  1. He upended the bicycle to fix its flat tire.

  2. I upended the bucket to use as a stool.

  3. The security inspector upended my bag and dumped everything out.

  4. A giant wave upended the surfers.

  5. The midfielder was upended before he got the ball.



1823

First Known Use of upend

1823



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