American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. So that the upper or right side is down: turned upside down.
- adv. In great disorder.
- adv. Inverted, so that the top is now at the bottom
- adv. In great disorder
- adj. Inverted; turned so that the top is at the bottom.
- adj. finance Owing more money for something than it is worth; having negative equity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. With the upper part undermost; hence, in confusion; in complete disorder; topsy-turvy.
- adv. in such a manner that the part normally pointed upward is pointed downward; same as
- adv. in an inverted manner
- Alteration of Middle English up so doun, up as if down : up, up; see up + so, as if; see so1 + doun, down; see down1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One of our key assumptions during this conversation was that France would be the major contributor to any new international force, and therefore quite likely its commander, an assumption turned upside down the next day when Gourdault-Montagne told Hadley that France would not take the lead.”
“Peas and beans are as dank here as a dog, and that is the next way to give poor jades the bots: this house is turned upside down since Robin Ostler died.”
“We rode the subway a few stops and found our way to Piazzale Loreto, where, in April 1945, the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress had been hung upside down in front of a gas station.”
“When he was going to feed one, Lazear would turn the test tube upside down so that the mosquito flew upward, toward its bottom.”
“To collect taxes, they strung men and women upside down and beat the soles of their feet to a pulp with a kourbash.”
““Good night,” Bath Kol slurred, hanging upside down and allowing his coffee to drain out of the mug onto the floor before he dropped it.”
“Reinforcing our idea of the theme of mirror imaging, Féral points out that the Visigoth pillar which formerly supported the altar, bears a carved cross, which Saunière placed upside down outside the church.”
“Then she spotted a tiny windmill, a replica of the kind once common on pre-twentieth-century Earth, hanging upside down from the corridor ceiling.”
“The pan, abandoned now, lay upside down beside her, its copper bottom unmarred and softly gleaming in the oh-so-welcome light.”
“Oars lifted as the boats pulled in on both sides of the dock, and the rowers glanced at him as they lifted their lightweight sculls from the water and flipped them upside down onto the waiting stands.”
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