Definition of upset in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʌpˈsɛt
(upsets, upsetting; past and past participle upset) [with object]
  • 3Cause disorder in; disrupt: the dam will upset the ecological balance
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    • 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.
    disrupt, interfere with, disturb, throw out, turn topsy-turvy, disorder, unsettle, confuse, throw into confusion, throw into chaos, throw into disorder, disorganize, disarrange, mix up, jumble, mess up, wreck, ruin
  • 3.1Disturb the digestion of (a person’s stomach): the motion of the boat would upset his stomach
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    • 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.
  • 4 (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.
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    • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈʌpsɛt
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  • 1An unexpected result or situation: the greatest upset in boxing history
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    • 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.
    unexpected result; major defeat, rout, trouncing, thrashing, drubbing, toppling; surprise victory, coup, tour de force, feat, master stroke
    informal hammering


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  • 2 /ˈʌpsɛt/ (Of a person’s stomach) having disturbed digestion, especially because of something eaten.
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    • 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.
    disordered, disturbed, unsettled, queasy, bad, poorly, ill, sick
    informal gippy, holiday



Pronunciation: /-ˈsɛtə/


Pronunciation: /-ˈsɛtɪŋli/
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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.

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