In this topsy-turvy political year nothing quite seems to be certain.
In such a topsy-turvy season, one simple solution is…blaming the voters!
But the geography of the country is topsy-turvy altogether and that is why it has been so long a neglected peninsula.
This is topsy-turvy reasoning, of course, but at the same time it is suggestive.
At least, he wasn't confronted with a topsy-turvy ship any longer.
Why cannot he carry his zeal for topsy-turvy horticulture elsewhere?
There would always be a ledge of rock somewhere about where he, Mike, could hold on in safety if the earth were topsy-turvy.
It was her introduction to the topsy-turvy world into which she had come.
Why, Harry, I've never seen a fella come and turn us all topsy-turvy as you've done!
It was a dreary, desolate night that he spent in the topsy-turvy cottage.
1520s, "but prob. in popular use from an earlier period" [OED], likely from tops, plural of top (n.1) "highest point" + obsolete terve "turn upside down, topple over," from Old English tearflian "to roll over, overturn," from Proto-Germanic *terbanan (cf. Old High German zerben "to turn round"). The Century Dictionary (1902) calls it "A word which, owing to its popular nature, its alliterative type, and to ignorance of its origin, leading to various perversions made to suggest some plausible origin, has undergone, besides the usual variations of spelling, extraordinary modifications of form." It lists 31 variations.
A high executive, officer, manager, etc: sighed one Pentagon topsider last week/ and also ''delightfully puzzled,'' as one topsider put it
[1960s+; related to late 1800s British topside, ''in control, commanding,'' in turn related to the nautical term topside by the suggestion that the master of a ship works on the bridge, which is the highest deck of the ship]