Definition of upside down in English:

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upside down

Pronunciation: /ˈˌəpˌsīd ˈdoun/

adverb& adjective

1With the upper part where the lower part should be; in an inverted position: [as adverb]: the bar staff put the chairs upside down on the tables [as adjective]: an upside-down canoe
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  • The counters were sparkling, the chairs were all upside-down on the tables, and the floor was swept.
  • As she remains suspended in the upside-down position, he stations himself beneath her.
  • Position the sink upside-down on the newly laminated counter top or the plywood base.
1.1In or into total disorder or confusion: [as adverb]: burglars have turned our house upside down
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  • Not for the first time, I reflect on the topsy-turvy, upside-down parallel universe of India.
  • It was a total disaster and turned upside down the conventional view of Victorian sexuality.
  • The basis of the past policy behind economic diplomacy is now turned upside down.


Middle English: originally up so down, perhaps in the sense 'up as if down'.

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Syllabification: up·side down

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