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upside down

with the upper part undermost.
in or into complete disorder; topsy-turvy:
The burglars turned the house upside down.
Origin of upside down
1300-50; re-formation (see upside) of Middle English upsedoun, earlier up so doun (see up, so1, down1; sense of so obscure)
Related forms
upside-down, adjective
upside-downness, noun Unabridged
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  • He filled his long pipe full of tobacco, and then he tilted it upside down and sucked in the light of the candle.

    Twilight Land Howard Pyle
  • I was forgetting that we are upside down—and that shows what a state of mind I'm in!

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • If any of the upside down boys see me with you they'll suspect I've given the thing away.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • In the middle of the course they are turned over on their sides or upside down.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • Having drained the cup of Wagnerism and turned it upside down, is he now going to school with Mozart?

    Art Clive Bell
British Dictionary definitions for upside down

upside down

(usually postpositive; upside-down when prenominal) turned over completely; inverted
(upside-down when prenominal) (informal) confused; muddled; topsy-turvy: an upside-down world
in an inverted fashion
in a chaotic or crazy manner
Derived Forms
upside-downness, noun
Word Origin
C16: variant, by folk etymology, of earlier upsodown
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Word Origin and History for upside down

late 15c., earlier upsadoun (late 14c.), up so down (c.1300); the so perhaps meaning "as if."

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