upside down

adverb
up·side down | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of upside down 

1 : in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are reversed in position

2 : in or into great disorder turned their world upside down

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upside-down \ˈəp-ˌsīd-ˈdau̇n \ adjective

Examples of upside down in a Sentence

You hung the picture upside down! To remove the plant, turn the pot upside down and tap gently on the bottom to loosen it. The baby was holding the book upside down.
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However, the video did display a black-and-white visual of an upside down digital clock, which displayed 12:07a.m. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Defends 'Pete' Song: 'Life's Too Short to Be Cryptic About Something as Beautiful as This Love I'm in'," 19 June 2018 This is the upside down world of Trump trade logic in which punishing American consumers with higher prices is a virtue. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Managed Trade," 29 Mar. 2018 While that's happening, tall and thing icebergs called pinnacle bergs calve off and flip upside down. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Stunning Video of a Greenland Iceberg Collapse," 10 July 2018 The impact caused her 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited to flip three times before landing upside down. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Former Bravo Star Melyssa Ford Seriously Injured in Horrific Crash with 18-Wheeler Truck," 3 July 2018 Their vehicle, a 2003 GMC, landed upside down on a large rock, the California Highway Patrol told the Press-Democrat of Santa Rosa. Fox News, "Vehicle plunge on California coast kills 2 adults, 3 children," 28 Mar. 2018 The nose cone had separated from the rest of the plane and plowed into a five-foot ditch in the Burkhalters’ side yard, landing upside down. Samme Chittum, Smithsonian, "What Happened When a Southern Airways Flight 242 Crashed in Sadie Burkhalter’s Front Yard," 26 Mar. 2018 Follow the same steps as before but place the water bottle upside down in the glass mug for stability. Renee Morad, Scientific American, "Build the Best Alka-Rocket Ever—with Science," 7 Sep. 2017 Tesla installed 1,028 robots in its Fremont body shop, roughly one-third of which were uniquely hung upside down so the company could cram more into the Fremont space. Susan Pulliam, WSJ, "Elon Musk Races to Exit Tesla’s ‘Production Hell’," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of upside down

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for upside down

alteration of Middle English up so doun, from up + so + doun down

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upside down

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of upside down

: with the top at the bottom and the bottom at the top : placed so that the end that should be at the top is at the bottom

upside-down

adjective
up·side-down | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd-ˈdau̇n \

Kids Definition of upside-down

1 : having the upper part underneath and the lower part on top The letter "u" is an upside-down "n."

2 : showing great confusion upside-down logic

upside down

adverb
up·side down | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd- \

Kids Definition of upside down

1 : in such a way that the upper part is underneath and the lower part is on top I turned his chocolate pudding upside down on his tray. —Jerry Spinelli, Crash

2 : in or into great confusion The injury turned her life upside down.

upside down

adjective

Legal Definition of upside down 

: underwater upside down mortgages upside down homes upside down homeowners

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