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 G League Ignite highlight reel Jalen Green second, prioritizing his scoring upside. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 26 July 2021 And while the latter plays a tougher all-around game, the talented Swede brings an explosive element that gives him a higher upside. Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 So this is Taylor's upside: 276 carries, 1,311 yards, 11 TDs. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, 22 July 2021 The Tigers like Paredes because of his defense versatility and long-term offensive upside. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 17 July 2021 Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore praised Mozzicato’s upside, a plus-curveball and personality, but did not shy away from addressing the economic implications of drafting him. Shawn Mcfarland,, 17 July 2021 While the recipients of the warnings may not be happy waking up to the reprimand on their doors, Jones noted the upside of learning about water waste. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 But for the most part, Republicans see far more political upside to keeping Trump front and center. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 16 July 2021 The three most recent drafts have added plenty of outfield talent, but Haskin might have a unique kind of upside among that group. Jon Meoli,, 15 July 2021 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

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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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29 Jul 2021

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“Upside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of upside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part of something that is good or desirable : an advantage or benefit



English Language Learners Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : on or against the side of (something)


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