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[uhp-riv-er] /ˈʌpˈrɪv ər/
adverb, adjective
in the direction of or nearer the source of a river:
It's hard to paddle a canoe upriver; an upriver settlement of tribes.
Origin of upriver
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; up- + river1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As if moved by the same impulse, the three strangers turned their heads and looked south-westward, upriver.

    The Pathless Trail

    Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • Revel looked for globes, and saw them upriver, lifting and falling uncertainly.

    The Buttoned Sky Geoff St. Reynard
  • upriver the sky was darkened almost to black, and Gray Cloud smelled snow in the air.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • He thought he heard something moving through the bushes on the upriver side of the island.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • But upriver and down the spoil of axe and saw lay in red booms along the bunk.

    Burned Bridges

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • All the people in the vicinity were afraid and ran northward, upriver, abandoning their food and dishes and property.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
British Dictionary definitions for upriver


adjective, adverb
towards or near the source of a river
an area located upstream
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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