upside

noun
up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˌsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upward trend (as of prices)
2a : a positive aspect
b : promise, potential a young star with lots of upside

upside

preposition
up·​side | \ ˈəp-ˈsīd How to pronounce upside (audio) \

Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

: up on or against the side of layin' in this death cell, writin' my time upside the wall— Lonnie Johnson smacked him upside the head

Examples of upside in a Sentence

Noun

One upside to the new house is its location.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But one of the upsides is, the Trump election was so shocking, so unlikely . . . David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "How Donald Trump just might save the Republican Party — and the country," 6 Sep. 2019 Elevating them on an upside-down yogurt or cottage cheese container is another option. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "September gardening: 22 things to do this month," 5 Sep. 2019 Learning such things is one of the only possible upsides, to my mind, of staying in this world beyond the condensed period required for reading a novel. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Margaret Atwood Expands the World of “The Handmaid’s Tale”," 5 Sep. 2019 While Tennant’s case would be strengthened if the NBA found Walton at fault and if the Kings then fired Walton for cause, Tenant’s attorneys likely viewed the potential downsides (mentioned above) as outweighing the potential upside. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining Every Aspect of the Luke Walton Investigation and Considering Next Steps," 27 Aug. 2019 Drones tend to tumble when control is lost and being hit by an upside-down drone did more damage as well. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When a Drone Crashes Into Your Face?," 22 Aug. 2019 To balance the students’ interests with investors’ desire to earn a return, ISA must limit the downside for students, and the upside for investors. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Startups want to turn your tuition into the next asset class. What could go wrong?," 22 Aug. 2019 There are still various layers of regulatory approval that Nintendo and Tencent need to work their way through before the launch can take place, but the potential upside is huge. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Nintendo and Tencent reveal Switch release plans for China," 2 Aug. 2019 Luhnow mentioned Wednesday the upside of J.B. Bukauskas, the Double-A righthander who will pitch in the Futures Game on Monday. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros pitching prospect Corbin Martin undergoes Tommy John surgery," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Would the occasional smack upside the head improve the situation? David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Louisville City slapped the New England Revolution upside the head 2-1. San Antonio Express-News, "Suds and duds: SAFC loses Open Cup match," 6 June 2018 Then, astonishingly, in the open court, after a whistle blew, Heat guard Goran Dragic cuffed Simmons upside the head after Simmons stole the ball from him, and after Simmons already had been fouled by him. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Sixers come together again to eliminate the Heat, advance in NBA playoffs| Marcus Hayes," 24 Apr. 2018 But Ingalls, who joined the Lips after first starting with that band as a behind the scenes tech for, can also knock listeners upside the head. AL.com, "Cool things to do in Huntsville, Feb. 4 - 10," 4 Feb. 2018 Let’s not hit them upside their damn heads 100 times. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "Strip Clubs, CTE Talk and a CBD Sales Pitch: A Weekend Inside Warren Sapp’s World," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of upside

Noun

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for upside

Noun

up entry 2 + side entry 1

Preposition

perhaps from up entry 1 + -side (as in alongside)

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upside

noun

Financial Definition of upside

What It Is

Upside refers to an investment's potential gains in value.

How It Works

For example, you purchase 100 shares of Company XYZ at $5 per share, for a total investment of $500. If you know or believe that Company XYZ shares will rise to $15 per share at some point, your upside equals ($15-$5 = $10) per share, or $1,000.

The reverse is true for people who short stocks: Their upside comes when the stock price falls.

Why It Matters

Upside is the fundamental motive for making any investment. The size of the upside, of course, varies with the investment -- and with the risk associated with that investment. Higher-risk investments generally have more upside; low-risk investments generally have less upside and are thus primarily concerned with preserving the value of the original investment.

Ultimately, expected upside is based on estimates and educated guesses. No analyst or investor can predict the future, thus making upside inherently unpredictable.

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upside

noun

English Language Learners Definition of upside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part of something that is good or desirable : an advantage or benefit

upside

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of upside (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : on or against the side of (something)

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