right side up


variants or less commonly right-side up or right-side-up
US : in such a way that the upper and lower parts are in their usual or principal position and not reversed
She flipped the card right side up to reveal the ace of diamonds.
Invert banana bread onto rack and turn right side up. Curtis Stone
… they turned the bottom plate upside-down and placed cherry tomatoes in the circular area in the center. … when an identical plate was placed right-side-up on top, the tomatoes were held nicely in place while sliced in half with a sharp knife. Lindsey Nair
When you look at an object through a lens, it appears upside down, so you need some way to put the image right side up before it reaches your eye. That's the job of the prism. David E. Petzal
… a word that can be read the same right-side up and upside down. Richard Morin
You can design a robot that, if you drop it upside down, can land right side up, but a cat can flip over and land right side up regardless of how it started … Jennifer Ouellette
right side up adjective
or right-side-up or less commonly right-side up
in a right side up position

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of right side up was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Right side up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20side%20up. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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