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topsy-turvydom

[top-see-tur-vee-duh m] /ˈtɒp siˈtɜr vi dəm/
noun
1.
a state of affairs or a region in which everything is topsy-turvy.
Origin of topsy-turvydom
1875-1880
1875-80; topsy-turvy + -dom
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  • But despite the topsy-turvydom, we were made welcome, and both Phillips and Smith did their best to entertain.

    Across China on Foot Edwin Dingle
  • It was necessary, Miss Tredgold assured the girls, to have topsy-turvydom before the reign of order could begin.

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • He found himself, according to his ideas, in the land of topsy-turvydom.

  • He felt more sentimental than he cared to show, and the topsy-turvydom of the room made him fidgety.

    Married August Strindberg
  • It would be quite a comedy of Irish topsy-turvydom were it not, in fact, such a disastrous tragedy.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
  • Not a little perplexed was Cynthia at the topsy-turvydom in which that morning she had found her father's house.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • But wherever trees and towns hang head downwards in a pigmy puddle, the sense of Celestial topsy-turvydom is the same.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton

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