up-stair

upstairs

[uhp-stairz]
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; up- + stairs

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upstairs (ˈʌpˈstɛəz)
 
adv
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
 
n
5.  a.  an upper floor or level
 b.  (as modifier): an upstairs room
6.  informal, old-fashioned (Brit) Compare downstairs the masters and mistresses of a household collectively, esp of a large house

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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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