upside down

adverb
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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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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Their newfound partnership soon gets put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho dad and Brad’s gentle father arrive to turn the holiday upside down. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Their oldest was away at boarding school and when his two younger brothers returned home on Oct. 10, the family's world turned upside down. CBS News, "Peter Chadwick caught: Fugitive murder suspect goes from real estate millionaire to bussing tables during years on the run," 10 Aug. 2019 Talk about completely turning the playoffs upside down, right? The Si Staff, SI.com, "Should MLB Move the Trade Deadline?," 7 Aug. 2019 In China’s case his logic is being turned upside down. The Economist, "Why a weakening yuan is rattling markets," 5 Aug. 2019 The crazy seventh turned a 1-1 pitchers’ duel upside down. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four-run seventh lifts Arrowhead to shocking baseball state championship in 2009," 1 Aug. 2019 Now turn the water bottle upside down without squeezing it. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make Water Disappear--With the Wet-Sand Effect," 25 July 2019 According to Blue Bell's website, during production, half gallon containers are flipped upside down and sent to a hardening room where the ice cream freezes. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Blue Bell could add more protection to ice cream cartons after Texas licking incident," 9 July 2019 During production, our half gallons are flipped upside down and sent to a hardening room where the ice cream freezes to the lid creating a natural seal. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Blue Bell investigating viral video showing woman licking tub of ice cream, replacing in freezer," 2 July 2019

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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- 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.

upside down

adjective

Legal Definition of upside down

: underwater upside down mortgages upside down homes upside down homeowners

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