Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. So that the upper or right side is down: turned upside down.
  • adv. In great disorder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. Owing more money for something than it is worth; having negative equity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 upsidown and upsodown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an inverted manner

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • 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.

    The First Part of King Henry IV

  • 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.

    The Italian Summer

  • When he was going to feed one, Lazear would turn the test tube upside down so that the mosquito flew upward, toward its bottom.

    Manuscript Draft: Walter Reed: Doctor in Uniform, by Laura Wood, [19 -- ]

  • To collect taxes, they strung men and women upside down and beat the soles of their feet to a pulp with a kourbash.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • “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.

    Surrender the Dark

  • 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.

    The Templar Revelation

  • 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.

    Creative Couplings

  • The pan, abandoned now, lay upside down beside her, its copper bottom unmarred and softly gleaming in the oh-so-welcome light.

    Whispers At Midnight

  • 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.

    FALSE MERMAID

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