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  • adj. turned over; inverted; capsized
  • adj. turned up at the end
  • adj. looking upwards, turned upwards

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  • adj. (used of noses) turned up at the end
  • adj. having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom


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up + turn + -ed


  • And even if the messenger were not curious about these subtleties, the duke would likely have pointed them out, jesting that the intarsists had absentmindedly left the bench below the portrait of Faith "upturned," hiding the third ermine.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • The men who built barrels—one of the major industries of the early American economy—were normally paid for six days of work, but on Saturday they began drinking beer in the morning, then would “sit around upturned barrels playing poker,” and generally “lounged about” until they received their weekly pay.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • I reach out, upturned palm, and catch empty answers that trickle through my fingers, reaching, always reaching.

    Johnny Mercer's Pier

  • You know the climactic scene from Brain Dead in which our hero ploughs through a crowd of zombies with an upturned power mower?

    Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

  • Photographs of the serene Springs setting where Pollock and Lee Krasner lived and worked, some with Krasner posing, another with girlfriend Ruth Kligman, another with the fatal car upturned, collaged with cancelled checks, or snapshots, some pornographic.

    Regina Weinreich: Richard Prince Covers Jackson Pollock at Guild Hall

  • You may, at this point, decide to put an upturned colander on your head and make high-pitched squeaky sounds while turning the light on and off, depending on who might be watching, and whether you are six.

    How Manchester United proved us wrong and Kenny Dalglish saw us right | Simon Burnton

  • In the sheltered shallows a few bar-tailed godwits are probing the wet sand with their long, pinkish, very slightly upturned bills.

    Country diary: Holme Dunes, Norfolk

  • Some admirable people have wells of patience for this kind of thing: these are the sporting world's natural pastors, happy to welcome anyone into the flock, always on hand to demonstrate the offside rule with an upturned chopping board and a Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker.

    Pain of watching sport that I will never die happy | Emma John

  • A twisted and wizened complex of apish features, perforated by upturned, sky-open, Mongolian nostrils, by a mouth that sagged from a huge upper-lip and faded precipitately into a retreating chin, by peering querulous eyes that blinked as blink the eyes of denizens of monkey-cages.


  • She sat through one whole day with me thus, and for hours I could have thought her asleep were it not for the waves of feeling which surged in her upturned face.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters


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