- up the stairs; to or on an upper floor.
- Informal. in the mind: to be a little weak upstairs.
- to or at a higher level of authority: You may have to take the matter upstairs.
- Military Slang. at or to a higher level in the air.
- Also up·stair. of, relating to, or situated on an upper floor: an upstairs window; an upstairs apartment.
- (usually used with a singular verb) an upper story or stories; the part of a building or house that is above the ground floor: The upstairs of this house is entirely rented.
- a higher command or level of authority: We can't take action till we have approval from upstairs.
- kick upstairs, to promote (a person) to a higher position, usually having less authority, in order to be rid of him or her.
Origin of upstairs
Examples from the Web for upstairs
Upstairs, in the living room, splintered logs of hemlock cackled and spat from inside the wood stove.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Finding the bathroom on the first floor locked, she went to use one upstairs.Spies, Lies, and Rape in the Air Force: An Undercover Agent's Story
March 4, 2014
The upstairs portion of the exhibition is all about exuberance.What Drives Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten
March 4, 2014
Upstairs in the galleries, Jim Costanzo spouted lefty politics between tunes on his baritone bugle.Pawel Althamer Creates Art That’s by the People, for the People at the New Museum
February 17, 2014
With upstairs off limits, I left the comfort of my bed, decamping to the narrow living room couch.In Defense of First World Problems
February 13, 2014
Upstairs there must have been two more rooms of the same size.Way of the Lawless
And by the spring of eighteen eighty he was upstairs in his room, too ill to be moved.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Uriah Heep may be a crawling creature; but his crawling takes him upstairs.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
When K. insisted on carrying her upstairs, she went in a flutter.
"Good-night, Christine," he said, and went into the hall and upstairs.
- up the stairs; to or on an upper floor or level
- informal to or into a higher rank or office
- informal in the minda little weak upstairs
- kick upstairs informal to promote to a higher rank or position, esp one that carries less power
- an upper floor or level
- (as modifier)an upstairs room
- British informal, old-fashioned the masters and mistresses of a household collectively, esp of a large houseCompare downstairs (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for upstairs
1590s (adj.), from up + stairs (see stair). The noun is first attested 1872. Meaning "characteristic of upstairs life" (in private rooms of a household, as opposed to servants' quarters) is recorded from 1942.
He [Halifax] had said he had known many kicked down stairs, but he never knew any kicked up stairs before. [Gilbert Burnet, supplement to "History of My own Time," from his original memoirs, c.1697]
Idioms and Phrases with upstairs
see kick upstairs.