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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As the story with so many small businesses -- Covid turned our world upside down and post covid issues are no easier for many of us. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2022 In a speech outlining her view of foreign policy in a world turned upside down by Russia’s invasion, Truss spoke of the queen, whose funeral on Monday was attended by many of the world leaders now gathered at the United Nations. Jill Lawless, ajc, 21 Sep. 2022 But his life was turned upside down when the false allegations spread. Fox News, 15 Sep. 2022 But then, on April 26 a post on the Telegram messaging app, spotted by her sister from Poland, once again turned the family’s life upside down. Shira Pinson, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2022 When hanging at higher angles or upside down, some may experience pressure on their ankles due to the locking mechanisms, but this can often be alleviated by wearing shoes and socks or padded boots. Sara Gaynes Levy, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2022 Eliezer Paul-Ginidiri's life turned upside down after his one-handed golf swing made waves on social media. CNN, 26 Aug. 2022 Ruth’s mother had never indicated any connection to the cottage, so Ruth vows to find out more, even as the world is suddenly turned upside down by the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Karen Macpherson, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2022 Jackline is among many people in Kericho County whose lives have been turned upside down by health issues. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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26 Sep 2022

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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

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