Upside down
Upside Up"side`, n. 1. The upper side; the part that is uppermost. [1913 Webster]

2. the benefits; the positive features; -- said of a situation or event that has both positive (good) and negative (bad) aspects. [PJC]

{To be upsides with}, to be even with. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. --T. Hughes.

{Upside down}. [Perhaps a corruption of OE. up so down, literally, up as down.] With the upper part undermost; hence, in confusion; in complete disorder; topsy-turvy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also. --Acts xvii. 6. [1913 Webster]


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  • upside down — upside down1 adv [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: up so down up as if down (14 16 centuries)] 1.) with the top at the bottom and the bottom at the top ▪ To get the plant out of the pot, turn it upside down and give it a gentle knock. 2.) turn sth upside …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • upside down — adverb * with the top part at the bottom or lower than the bottom part: The car landed upside down in a ditch. turn someone s life/world upside down to change someone s life completely, often in a way that is shocking or upsetting: My world has… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Upside Down — Solicita una imagen para este artículo. Título Upside Down Ficha técnica …   Wikipedia Español

  • upside down — upside down, adj. upside downness, n. 1. with the upper part undermost. 2. in or into complete disorder; topsy turvy: The burglars turned the house upside down. [1300 50; re formation (see UPSIDE) of ME upsedoun, earlier up so doun (see UP, SO1,… …   Universalium

  • upside down — n. [ME up so doun, lit., up as if down: altered by folk etym.] 1. with the top side or part underneath or turned over; inverted 2. in disorder; topsy turvy upside down adj …   English World dictionary

  • upside-down — upside down; upside down·ness; …   English syllables

  • upside down — (See smiles, frowns, and upside downs) …   Glossary of postal terms

  • upside down — ► ADVERB & ADJECTIVE 1) with the upper part where the lower part should be. 2) in or into total disorder. ORIGIN from up so down, perhaps in the sense «up as if down» …   English terms dictionary

  • Upside down — Up side down , adv. in such a manner that the part normally pointed upward is pointed downward; same as {upsidown} and {upsodown}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upside-down — Up side down , a. having the part normally pointed upward pointed downward; inverted. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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