upend

[uhp-end]
verb (used with object)
1.
to set on end, as a barrel or ship.
2.
to affect drastically or radically, as tastes, opinions, reputations, or systems.
3.
to defeat in competition, as in boxing or business.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become upended.
5.
to place the body back-end up, as a dabbling duck.

Origin:
1815–25; up- + end1

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upend (ʌpˈɛnd)
 
vb
1.  to turn or set or become turned or set on end
2.  (tr) to affect or upset drastically

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upend
1823, from up + end.
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Example sentences
They could even find something particularly damaging-an ill-advised comment that could upend a safely tenured career.
In coastal environments with strong wave action or even in riverine areas with high velocity, flow can upend a septic tank.
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