verb (upsets, upsetting; past and past participle upset)[with object]
- 1Make (someone) unhappy, disappointed, or worried: the accusation upset her (as adjective upsetting) a painful and upsetting divorceMore example sentences
- And because I'm her granddaughter, she is going to worry more about upsetting me than about being honest, maybe.
- The lessons were free, so I'm not worried about upsetting anyone.
- Aimée glanced up at Logan and studied him, unhappy that she'd upset him by ‘going back on their agreement’.
- 2Knock (something) over: he upset a tureen of soupMore example sentences
- Her new paint jar was upset, along with the chair lying side ways on the floor.
- ‘Oh, I'm so terribly sorry’, he adds, thoroughly mortified, reaching for a napkin and upsetting the table again.
- A few minutes later, the ship trembled slightly, enough to make one lose their balance, but not enough to upset anything.
- 2.1Cause disorder in (something); disrupt: the dam will upset the ecological balanceMore example sentences
- We read regularly about the horrors that can befall our planet if we upset the fine ecological balance.
- Long hours and late hours could upset the ‘work-life balance’, especially when there are inadequate support systems.
- While they cannot win, they can upset the normal campaigning balance.
- 2.2Disturb the digestion of (a person’s stomach); cause (someone) to feel nauseous or unwell.More example sentences
- Avoid carbonated drinks as these are likely to upset your stomach more than still liquids
- Her weight dropped by more than 30 pounds; she was frightened that food would upset her stomach.
- There are certain medications that upset the stomach while others affect the mouth or throat which may make it difficult for the patient to eat.
- 3 (often as noun upsetting) Shorten and thicken the end or edge of (a metal bar, wheel rim, or other object), especially by hammering or pressure when heated.More example sentences
- Pressure is then applied and the arcs are extinguished and upsetting occurs.
- This process was developed originally to gather, or upset metal to form heads on bolts.
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- 1A state of being unhappy, disappointed, or worried: domestic upsets a legal dispute will cause worry and upsetMore example sentences
- It can get out of control and is the cause of much upset and worry for many people.
- Christine, who now works at Woodhead Brothers, Colne, broke down as she heard the verdict and said she was looking forward to getting back to a normal life after ten months of worry and upset and the threat of jail.
- Walking over, his face showed rising worry and upset.
- 2An unexpected result or situation, especially in a sports competition: they caused one of last season’s biggest upsets by winning 27-15More example sentences
surprise win, shocker
- As the election campaign gathers pace, a discernible public alienation and antagonism is being felt around the mainstream parties that may result in some unexpected upsets at the polls
- Again, things could be further complicated if there are upsets or no results in the minor matches.
- And so it has been for supporters of Roscommon and Leitrim who have seen ‘middling’ teams cause major and unexpected upsets over the years.
- 3A disturbance of a person’s digestive system: a stomach upsetMore example sentences
- Others reported a loss of appetite, insomnia, digestive upsets, palpitations, headaches, and muscular aches and pains.
- Many arthritis sufferers benefit greatly from the pain relief provided by anti-inflammatory prescription drugs, but they can suffer unpleasant side effects, such as gastric irritation and stomach upsets.
- Many stomach upsets are simply caused because our bodies are not used to exotic or spicy foods.
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- 1 [predic.] Unhappy, disappointed, or worried: she looked pale and upsetMore example sentences
- And they were very clearly upset about the arrests.
- There are many in the party who are desperately and bitterly upset about what happened to Simon Crean, so they are not happy about having to choose another leader.
- Others were also upset about Anderson's division of the resource.
- 2(Of a person’s stomach) having disturbed digestion, especially because of something eaten.More example sentences
disturbed, unsettled, queasy, bad, hurting, poorly
- Place 1 drop of Peppermint oil in 1/2 glass of water, sip slowly to aid digestion and relieve an upset stomach.
- The court heard Mr Stones and Miss Collins felt no ill effects but Mr Gill suffered an upset stomach and diarrhoea and headache and had to take a day off work.
- It costs pennies, and its side effect is an upset stomach.
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- But most upsettingly, it turns out there is a big difference between the aspirations of a party not likely to get in power, and a local party that has real power to change things.
- The play features a central drama that is intimate yet socially and politically relevant, perhaps upsettingly so.
- As his hands found the large black book hiding back within the other bindings on the bookshelf, he grew upsettingly perplexed, and Aeslyn darted over to see what was going on.