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Slang definitions & phrases for upper story

upper story

noun phrase

The brain; the mind: definite shortcomings in the upper story (1699+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • He was even able to build it of bricks, and add an upper story to it.

  • ONCE there was a scholar who was reading in the upper story of his house.

  • Little Li sat in the upper story of his house flying his pigeons.

  • He gathered up his robe and descended to the upper story of the inn.

  • Francisco ascended the stone staircase, and gained the upper story.

  • "No—he's a shade off in the upper story," he told her in a confidential tone.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • On seeing me alone and unarmed, they only laughed, and passed on to the upper story.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • There was also an upper story, as is clear from the remains of stair-cases.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Then she took a bunch of keys and ran up to a room on the upper story.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • He led them again to the upper story into the bedroom they were to occupy.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom

    Raymond King Cummings
Idioms and Phrases with upper story

upper story

The head or brain, as in He's not all there in the upper story. This expression transfers the literal sense of a higher floor in a multistory building to the top portion of the human body. Richard Bentley used it in A Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris (1699), where he compares a man with “brains ... in his head” to a man who has “furniture in his upper story.”
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