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

  • n. An upward curve or sweep.
  • n. A hairdo that is smoothed upward in the back and piled on top of the head.
  • transitive v. To brush, curve, or sweep upward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An upward sweep or curve.
  • v. To sweep or curve upwards.


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  • You can get a flattered face just from an upsweep of your longer hair.

    Modest Feminine Dress From the Pages of 1990 Victoria Magazine

  • The mother just up and left, Brenda had told a customer through the bobby pins she held in one corner of her mouth while she fashioned an upsweep.

    Skipping a Beat

  • My mother delighted in towering over him, wearing her hair in an upsweep, donning a wiglet for extra height, and then topping it all off with a hat—not some discreet cloche or beret but a plumed number with feathers soaring six inches up into the air.

    In the Fullness of Time

  • She too wore her hair piled in an upsweep, but her pièce de résistance was the locket she wore that hung down to her navel.

    In the Fullness of Time

  • Once her finger touched it, it was difficult to stop—though she knew she had to let the wild upsweep of the tornado she might create stay an image in her mind.

    The New Yorker Stories

  • The camp was in the triangle created by the forest, a sharp, unexpected upsweep of bluff and the muddy leftover trickle of a creek.

    Father Swarat

  • He sighed heavily, eased his bow off his shoulder and shifted, trying to find a more comfortable position on the gentle upsweep of slope.

    Father Swarat

  • Dressed in a shimmering gold-sequined sheath, her blond hair in a vintage upsweep, Stella strode into the boutique on gold sandals with three-inch heels to the cheers and applause of the forty invited guests.

    The Devil's Bedpost

  • Dressed in her usual business suit, sensible pumps, and upsweep hair-do, Mrs. Tamburro was rocking the sexy librarian look.

    Pure Paradise

  • We should expect to see more long wavy hairstyles either rolled into an upsweep or casually down below the shoulders that perfectly compliments, and romantically softens the slightly edgy, dramatic makeup.

    The ?Oscar? Look


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