upend

verb
up·​end | \ ˌəp-ˈend How to pronounce upend (audio) \
upended; upending; upends

Definition of upend

transitive verb

1 : to set or stand on end also : overturn sense 1
2a : to affect to the point of being upset or flurried a … literary shocker, designed to upend the credulous matrons— Wolcott Gibbs
b : defeat, beat

intransitive verb

: to rise on an end

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Examples of upend in a Sentence

He upended the bicycle to fix its flat tire. I upended the bucket to use as a stool. The security inspector upended my bag and dumped everything out. A giant wave upended the surfers. The midfielder was upended before he got the ball.
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That would upend the delicate relationship between Israel and Russia, who’ve kept channels open despite supporting opposite sides in Syria. Bloomberg.com, "Russian Missiles Alarm Israel, Stoking Risk of Next Syria Crisis," 21 Apr. 2018 Such massive increases could upend the state’s budget, potentially requiring cuts or tax increases. Jonathan Shorman And Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "Lawmakers shocked by report that Kansas schools need up to $2 billion | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 The worldwide grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 and 9 airliners has upended the aviation business, with American Airlines canceling up to 90 flights a day because of a dwindling fleet. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FAA 'Tentatively' Approves Software Update For The Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8," 25 Mar. 2019 The streaming service has upended the TV industry with a gusher of programming beyond that of any other outlet. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Michelle Williams returns to TV as dancer Gwen Verdon," 5 Feb. 2019 Whatever the cause — demographic, economic or driven by policy — the postrecession narrative of an out-of-control entitlement program has been upended, said Torsten Slok, chief international economist of Deutsche Bank. New York Times, "Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens," 19 June 2018 But some of Giuliani's first comments since joining the president's legal team have already upended the White House news cycle. CBS News, "Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani keynotes Iran freedom conference," 5 May 2018 Trade and technology have upended the labour market, and many low-skilled men have left the workforce. The Economist, "The average American is much better off now than four decades ago," 28 Mar. 2018 Trump has upended his party on other issues as well. Author: Ashley Parker, Anchorage Daily News, "The GOP platform's ruling plank: Trumpism," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of upend

1823, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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upend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of upend

: to cause (something) to be upside down : to turn (something) over
: to cause (someone) to fall down or be turned over

upend

verb
up·​end | \ ˌəp-ˈend How to pronounce upend (audio) \
upended; upending

Kids Definition of upend

: to set, stand, or rise on end

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