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upriver

[uhp-riv-er] /ˈʌpˈrɪv ər/
adverb, adjective
1.
in the direction of or nearer the source of a river:
It's hard to paddle a canoe upriver; an upriver settlement of tribes.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; up- + river1
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upriver

/ˈʌpˈrɪvə/
adjective, adverb
1.
towards or near the source of a river
noun
2.
an area located upstream
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Word Origin and History for up-river

1774, from up + river.

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