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upend

[uhp-end] /ʌpˈɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to set on end, as a barrel or ship.
2.
to affect drastically or radically, as tastes, opinions, reputations, or systems.
3.
to defeat in competition, as in boxing or business.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become upended.
5.
to place the body back-end up, as a dabbling duck.
Origin of upend
1815-1825
1815-25; up- + end1
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  • They hung all askew, helplessly pinned, some broadside, some upended.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • From the upended slit of mouth in that goggling face, came a scream.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • It struck the bottom of the hollow a mighty wallop, and bounced and upended to the steep pitch of the climb.

  • One of my arms was free and I struck with my fist at the gaping, upended mouth.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • Terry stood near an upended pile, numb with disappointment over the expected cablegram.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for upended

upend

/ʌpˈɛnd/
verb
1.
to turn or set or become turned or set on end
2.
(transitive) to affect or upset drastically
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Word Origin and History for upended

upend

v.

1823, from up + end. Related: Upended; upending.

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