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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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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Until one day back in Indianapolis, not long after, when something Collins never saw coming turned her world upside down. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "She was 15, a swimmer at Broad Ripple High, when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated," 10 July 2019 Searching for answers, Kirsch points to a Cuesta English teacher named Kymba Bartley who turned his life upside down. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "'You Need to Calm Down' Co-Director Drew Kirsch on His Unlikely Path to Filmmaking," 3 July 2019 But their search for Samira Watkins in the police database would turn this case upside down. Asena Basak, CBS News, "Convicted killer of pregnant Florida mother: "I did not kill Samira Watkins"," 3 July 2019 Enter the digits 7-1-0 into your phone’s calculator app, then turn it upside down. Stepfanie Romine, azcentral, "Celebrating ‘710’? Learn more about what Sky Dispensaries has to offer," 27 June 2019 The time-jumping piece centers on a young woman named Lissette (portrayed by Aleque Reid) who receives a dire diagnosis that turns her life upside down. San Diego Union-Tribune, "At La Jolla Playhouse, ‘The Luckiest’ looks at who sticks around when crisis strikes," 21 June 2019 Virginia politics was turned upside down in a matter of hours in early February after a conservative website posted a picture online of Northam's medical school yearbook page. Bloomberg.com, "School Says Probe of Blackface Photo on Virginia Governor’s Yearbook Page Is Done," 21 May 2019 Photographs show the car was upside down, on its roof and in the water. Linda Trischitta, sun-sentinel.com, "Driver survives crash after car flips and lands upside down in pond," 30 June 2019 In honor of the sci-fi hit, Burger King is set to serve its famous Whoppers upside down, paying tribute to the alternate dimension explored on the show. Justine Browning, EW.com, "Burger King to offer upside-down Whoppers in honor of Stranger Things," 13 June 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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