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upside down

noun
1.
with the upper part undermost.
2.
in or into complete disorder; topsy-turvy:
The burglars turned the house upside down.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; re-formation (see upside) of Middle English upsedoun, earlier up so doun (see up, so1, down1; sense of so obscure)
Related forms
upside-down, adjective
upside-downness, noun
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Examples from the web for upside down
  • They've been in every room in the house-turning things inside out, and upside down.
  • If he mapped north to south, the map in his head inverted itself, as if he were looking at it upside down.
  • They hover often, and also fly upside down and backwards.
  • Place jars upside down on a cloth, allowing space between jars.
  • Turn upside down to cool, and remove part of centres.
  • The soldier took them gingerly, turned them upside down and looked at them without comprehension.
  • If a plate of food is given to them, they hold it upside down.
  • Turn the planter box upside down and remove any existing feet from its bottom.
  • Place it upside down on the base pumpkin, turning to find a good fit.
  • Finally, there were the question-mark papers, the works that turned everything upside down.
British Dictionary definitions for upside down

upside down

adjective
1.
(usually postpositive; upside-down when prenominal) turned over completely; inverted
2.
(upside-down when prenominal) (informal) confused; muddled; topsy-turvy: an upside-down world
adverb
3.
in an inverted fashion
4.
in a chaotic or crazy manner
Derived Forms
upside-downness, noun
Word Origin
C16: variant, by folk etymology, of earlier upsodown
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Word Origin and History for upside down

late 15c., earlier upsadoun (late 14c.), up so down (c.1300); the so perhaps meaning "as if."

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