Definition of upside in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈʌpsʌɪd/


[in singular]
1The more positive aspect of a situation: being self-employed has its upside
More example sentences
  • This kind of dramatic scene does tend to have a positive upside in that respect.
  • I can see an upside to this situation however, you'll get to test, sell, and buy things that other people much more creative than you or I have created.
  • He also tried to find an upside to his situation, but to no avail.
2An upward movement of share prices: [as modifier]: upside potential
More example sentences
  • However, the share placing is expected to satisfy the current demand for the stock, which will limit the upside potential in the shares over the short term.
  • The company is still trading at a discount to its peers so Dilger's confidence in the upside potential for the shares probably isn't misplaced.
  • But, as things stand, he is not offering current shareholders of Eircom a share in that upside potential.


North American informal
Against; on: if her mother saw her drinkin' that stuff she’d slap her upside her head
More example sentences
  • A sharp slap upside his head corrects his delirium.
  • A hard slap upside my head was her solution for everything.
  • I didn't know whether to be glad or angry that Mr. Thomson was not about to slap Paradismo upside his head.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.