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 Ready to have your life flipped-turned upside down... Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Mansion Will Be Available on Airbnb for Five Nights Next Month," 14 Sep. 2020 Green Bay Packers fans were relieved to feel a sense of normalcy during a pandemic that has turned everything upside down, when on Sunday the team won its season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Sarah Volpenhein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A bit of normalcy coming back': Packers fans in Milwaukee grateful for start of season, even if it's a bit subdued," 13 Sep. 2020 Quickly turn upside down to position the golden brown caramel on top. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "First taste of fall arrives with lots of ways to pumpkin spice up your life in Louisville," 9 Sep. 2020 The production serves as a reminder that Sharon’s first challenge is to help MOT cope with a world turned upside down by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Mark Stryker,, "Michigan Opera Theatre lands ‘genius’ Yuval Sharon as artistic director," 9 Sep. 2020 Luminaries will be arranged inside the pavilion along with a table set for one with a glass turned upside down, to symbolize service members who cannot be with their families. Megan Woodward,, "Hampstead American Legion to host luminary display to honor lives lost in 9/11; events planned for Mount Airy, Westminster," 9 Sep. 2020 While the typical hotel stay has been turned upside down by the pandemic, some innovative properties are thinking up new ways to deliver hospitality to guests in need of a recharge. Charu Suri, Travel + Leisure, "How Hotels Are Adapting to New Needs in a New Era," 8 Sep. 2020 Tulane quarterback Keon Howard watched college games over the weekend to get a feel for the new environment in a world turned upside down during the COVID-19 pandemic. G Smith,, "The new normal: Tulane ready for football opener amid coronavirus pandemic," 8 Sep. 2020 With a new generation of students signing up to learn karate from these two former fighters, things turn upside down for everyone as past and present collide. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Cobra Kai" Season 3," 2 Sep. 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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25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Upside down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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upside down

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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