upside down

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

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 How to pronounce upside-down (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The arrival of rare giant Pacific bluefin tuna off Half Moon Bay has turned the world of fishing upside down. Tom Stienstra,, "Rare, giant bluefin tuna off Half Moon Bay have turned the fishing world upside down," 4 Aug. 2020 His subject fought for the Lost Cause and returned home to a world turned upside down. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'Life of a Klansman' review: Edward Ball confronts the bad (racist) apples in his Family Tree," 2 Aug. 2020 Now, the virus has turned the holiday shopping model upside down. Anne D'innocenzio, The Denver Post, "Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping," 27 July 2020 Welcoming a child into the world changes your life, but this has turned it upside down. Joelle Goldstein,, "Baby with Rare Genetic Disorder in Need of $2.2 Million Gene Therapy Treatment to Save Her Life," 13 July 2020 In the case of Hunter’s first pregnancy, amateur sleuths doodled over images of her in a bikini on vacation, making the case that her bump was, somehow, upside down. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "How a Fake Baby Is Born," 13 July 2020 In June, Facebook removed advertisements posted by the Trump campaign that showed an upside down triangle, a symbol used by Nazis to classify political prisoners during World War II. Will Peebles, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Trump campaign T-shirt design similar to Nazi eagle," 12 July 2020 The coaster, which flips riders upside down four times, is notorious for emptying pockets. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Cedar Point opening day preview: Face masks, social distancing, HalloWeekends and more," 8 July 2020 For the English aristocracy and religious leaders, the world turned upside down as William replaced them with his handpicked Normans. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The Norman Conquest didn’t change ordinary people’s lives very much," 6 July 2020

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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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The first known use of upside down was in the 15th century

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8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Upside down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce upside down (audio)

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


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

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

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.

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Legal Definition of upside down

: underwater upside down mortgages upside down homes upside down homeowners

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