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upstairs

[uhp-stairz] /ˈʌpˈstɛərz/
adverb
1.
up the stairs; to or on an upper floor.
2.
Informal. in the mind:
to be a little weak upstairs.
3.
to or at a higher level of authority:
You may have to take the matter upstairs.
4.
Military Slang. at or to a higher level in the air.
adjective
5.
Also, upstair. of, pertaining to, or situated on an upper floor:
an upstairs window; an upstairs apartment.
noun, plural upstairs.
6.
(usually used with a singular verb) an upper story or stories; the part of a building or house that is above the ground floor:
The upstairs of this house is entirely rented.
7.
a higher command or level of authority:
We can't take action till we have approval from upstairs.
Idioms
8.
kick upstairs, to promote (a person) to a higher position, usually having less authority, in order to be rid of him or her.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; up- + stairs
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British Dictionary definitions for up stairs

upstairs

/ˈʌpˈstɛəz/
adverb
1.
up the stairs; to or on an upper floor or level
2.
(informal) to or into a higher rank or office
3.
(informal) in the mind a little weak upstairs
4.
(informal) kick upstairs, to promote to a higher rank or position, esp one that carries less power
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
5.
  1. an upper floor or level
  2. (as modifier) an upstairs room
6.
(Brit, informal, old-fashioned) the masters and mistresses of a household collectively, esp of a large house Compare downstairs (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for up stairs
upstairs
1590s (adj.), from up + stairs (see stair). The noun is first attested 1872. Meaning "characteristic of upstairs life" (in private rooms of a household, as opposed to servants' quarters) is recorded from 1942.
"He [Halifax] had said he had known many kicked down stairs, but he never knew any kicked up stairs before." [Gilbert Burnet, supplement to "History of My own Time," from his original memoirs, c.1697]
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Slang definitions & phrases for up stairs

upstairs

adverb

In the brain; mentally: became a little balmy upstairs (1932+)

Related Terms

kick someone upstairs, the man upstairs


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