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  • The penguins are all turned around now because the currents are topsyturvy and they just follow the signals even if they happen to go right down the drain and bingo just like that you've got a column of confused birds marching up main street looking for an answer to their worst nightmare.

    The Dancing Weather or The Small Truths that are Often Fireflies

  • He glanced at the canoe floating topsyturvy beside them.

    Mending Places

  • Regret and deep chagrin, his world seemed topsyturvy.

    The Road Leads On

  • This little lecher was always groping his nurses and governesses, upside down, arsiversy, topsyturvy, harri bourriquet, with a Yacco haick, hyck gio! handling them very rudely in jumbling and tumbling them to keep them going; for he had already begun to exercise the tools, and put his codpiece in practice.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Especially not since the Elvenbane and her wizards had sent everything so topsyturvy, and given the cat-eyes their comeuppance.

    Elvenblood

  • All concepts of estate planning are knocked topsyturvy.

    Some Thoughts on the Carter Report

  • He pointed to a curved bank of brushwood, mostly alder branches, piled together in curious topsyturvy fashion, which formed a dam across the stream.

    Camp and Trail A Story of the Maine Woods

  • It seemed as if some devil were ready to jump out of that eye and turn the house topsyturvy.

    In Those Days The Story of an Old Man

  • It is all the way I am telling you: the word is turned topsyturvy.

    In Those Days The Story of an Old Man

  • All that mess, with the turned-over tree and Poetry's poem and the topsyturvy desk and chair, meant that two boys you know about had not only put the board across the chimney but had crawled into the schoolhouse through one of the windows maybe and upset things, then had printed the poem there for our teacher to see and -- well, you can guess I wasn't feeling very much like a gentleman.

    Shenanigans at Sugar Creek

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