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 sport utility vehicle flipped over on the infield between the roadway and the ramp and landed upside down in a flooded gully, where it was fully submerged., 26 July 2021 After that came a flurry of activities that included drying the branches upside down (using coat hangers, binder clips and a rolling clothes rack), then trimming the buds and finally curing them in an airtight container. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 Video from WPTV-News Channel 5 showed the semi-truck upside down with its front end partially submerged in the canal. Angie Dimichele,, 23 July 2021 The college football world turned upside down Wednesday when the public became aware Texas and Oklahoma were interested in leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. John Talty |, al, 22 July 2021 To dry lavender, Baker recommends hanging bundles upside down in a dark place with a fan for two to three weeks. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 There are empty classrooms, bars with the stools upside down, and vacant lots. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021 Kennedy managed to escape the vehicle, which landed upside down in the water, but, unfortunately, Kopechne drowned. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 14 July 2021 In 2020, the pandemic turned the small business world upside down as entrepreneurs scaled back or shut down. Marquita K. Harris, Glamour, 13 July 2021

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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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28 Jul 2021

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“Upside down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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