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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Other Words from upside down

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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The squid in question, seen in the tweet below, is actually upside down, according to the team. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Monterey Bay Aquarium takes Apple to task for its backward squid emoji," 5 Dec. 2018 Drybar's Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush is a powerful tool that will be sure to keep your mane sleek and smooth — even if your world is upside down. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Their economics will suddenly be upside down, as consumers realize a nearby scooter is available through a ride-sharing app for free or very low cost. Sunil Paul, Recode, "The Scooter Wars will be a bloodbath — and Uber will win," 12 July 2018 Two men held the woman upside down by the ankles, completely submerging her head in the freezing water of a cooler for several seconds. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Deadspin says Indy 500 Snake Pit is proof that 'hell is real'," 30 May 2018 One vehicle was upside down and another was on the sidewalk pinned between a tree and bushes near a home. Joseph Serna, latimes.com, "Car split in half, vehicle flipped on its roof in fatal crash in Whittier," 2 May 2018 Will Scott and Hope emerge from their Quantum adventures only to find the world has been turned upside down by the Infinity War? Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Avengers: Infinity War—Does Death Even Matter Anymore?," 26 Apr. 2018 Princess Diana is killed in a tragic car accident in Paris and the world is turned upside down by the news. Morgan Evans, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' Royal Romance," 12 May 2017 An Oregon hunter is in critical condition after falling from his tree stand and getting tangled in his harness over 20 feet in the air, hanging upside down for two days. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Oregon hunter in critical condition after hanging upside down from tree stand for two days," 31 Aug. 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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