up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upward trend (as of prices)
2a : a positive aspect
b : promise, potential a young star with lots of upside


up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˈsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

: up on or against the side of layin' in this death cell, writin' my time upside the wall— Lonnie Johnson smacked him upside the head

Examples of upside in a Sentence

Noun One upside to the new house is its location.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And, so far, inflation continues to surprise us to the upside. CBS News, 31 July 2022 There’s certainly a chance that Facebook’s parent company could surprise analysts to the upside on Wednesday. Andy Meek, BGR, 25 July 2022 The 254,700 vehicles delivered lagged expectations that had already been revised lower, snapping a streak in which Tesla consistently surprised to the upside. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 4 July 2022 The real upside, though, is a multi-pronged suite of Fort Knox-level security features, ranging from a kick lock to rider recognition capability. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 25 June 2022 One upside of the lower attendance is shorter waits for rides. Erin Prater, Fortune, 27 Aug. 2022 Richemont will share in the upside if its partnership with Farfetch helps the stock bounce back after a rocky 18 months, but the benefits may be mixed. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2022 The potential upside is tremendous, including safer rides and faster connections. Catherine Carlock,, 23 Aug. 2022 Competitors are now talking up pricing and ARPU upside. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Bernard’s intensity, red-hot motor and likable athleticism should enable him to develop into a special teams ace under coordinator John Fassel’s tutelage. Plus, his coverage ability and adequate instincts give him upside as a defender. John Owning, Dallas News, 1 May 2020 Would the occasional smack upside the head improve the situation? David Roberts, Vox, 3 July 2018 Louisville City slapped the New England Revolution upside the head 2-1. San Antonio Express-News, 6 June 2018 Then, astonishingly, in the open court, after a whistle blew, Heat guard Goran Dragic cuffed Simmons upside the head after Simmons stole the ball from him, and after Simmons already had been fouled by him. Marcus Hayes,, 24 Apr. 2018 But Ingalls, who joined the Lips after first starting with that band as a behind the scenes tech for, can also knock listeners upside the head., 4 Feb. 2018 Let’s not hit them upside their damn heads 100 times. Tim Rohan,, 29 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of upside


1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for upside


up entry 2 + side entry 1


perhaps from up entry 1 + -side (as in alongside)

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Last Updated

15 Sep 2022

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“Upside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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