upside down

adverb
up·​side down | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd-ˈdau̇n \

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 \ 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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That afternoon a German tourist spots the Harts’ tan 2003 Yukon XL upside down at the bottom of the cliff in Mendocino County. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 4: ‘My God, There’s Six of Them’," 31 Dec. 2018 While viewing a series of identical characters in various colors, the children were asked to signal whether each image was upside down or right-side up. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Science Behind Making Your Child Smarter," 24 Dec. 2018 The History and Meaning of Upside-Down Christmas Trees Displaying a Christmas tree upside down may date back to the 7th century. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Those Upside-Down Christmas Trees Everyone's Flipping for Actually Go Way Back," 25 Sep. 2018 Then comes little Sean who turns everything upside down with his absolute conviction and intimate details. Jon Fobes, cleveland.com, "Nicole Kidman's mind-blowing philosophy lesson: Beyond Belief (opinion video)," 2 May 2018 That's why some people swear by flipping their turkey upside down. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "Should You Really Roast Your Turkey Upside Down?," 30 Aug. 2018 Then flip your head upside down and shake the curls out. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Appears on the September "Vogue Brazil" Cover," 29 Aug. 2018 Remove the bowl from the oven and allow to cool before turning the larger bowl upside down. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "11 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 12 Sep. 2018 Complete the look by turning the mini pumpkins upside down and placing them in front of the zombie head to look like hands. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018

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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- \

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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