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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 of upriver

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; up- + river1
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  • As if moved by the same impulse, the three strangers turned their heads and looked south-westward, upriver.

    The Pathless Trail</p>

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel

  • Revel looked for globes, and saw them upriver, lifting and falling uncertainly.

    The Buttoned Sky

    Geoff St. Reynard

  • Upriver the sky was darkened almost to black, and Gray Cloud smelled snow in the air.


    Robert Shea

  • He thought he heard something moving through the bushes on the upriver side of the island.


    Robert Shea

  • But upriver and down the spoil of axe and saw lay in red booms along the bunk.

    Burned Bridges</p>

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for upriver


adjective, adverb
  1. towards or near the source of a river
  1. an area located upstream
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