- to set on end, as a barrel or ship.
- to affect drastically or radically, as tastes, opinions, reputations, or systems.
- to defeat in competition, as in boxing or business.
- to become upended.
- to place the body back-end up, as a dabbling duck.
Origin of upend
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Examples from the Web for upended
When Herzog appeared in 1964, it upended our ideas about what novels could accomplish.American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation
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It upended the normal social order, but over the course of the Summer Project, the new social order held.The 1964 Miss. Freedom Summer Protests Won Progress At a Bloody Price
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Last week, outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a war hawk, was upended in a surprise primary loss.Obama Is the New Dubya
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Then, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upended two centuries of precedent.The True Meaning of the Second Amendment
May 31, 2014
He was the electric young upstart who upended her inevitable path to the White House in Iowa.Ready for Hillary Super PAC Throws In for 2014 Midterms
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From the upended slit of mouth in that goggling face, came a scream.
One of my arms was free and I struck with my fist at the gaping, upended mouth.
They hung all askew, helplessly pinned, some broadside, some upended.
Stephen haled his upended valise to the table and sat down to wait.Ulysses
But there sat Hugh, as square, as solid, and as incurious as an upended bale of cotton.Gideon's Band
George W. Cable
- to turn or set or become turned or set on end
- (tr) to affect or upset drastically
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Word Origin and History for upended
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