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upper

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[ uhp-er ]
/ ˈʌp ər /
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adjective
noun
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Idioms about upper

    on one's uppers, Informal. reduced to poverty; without sufficient means: They are on their uppers but manage to hide the fact from their friends.

Origin of upper

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; see origin at up (adjective), -er4

Other definitions for upper (2 of 2)

upper2
[ uhp-er ]
/ ˈʌp ər /

noun Slang.
a stimulant drug, especially an amphetamine.
a pleasant or elating experience, person, or situation.

Origin of upper

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An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; up + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for upper

upper
/ (ˈʌpə) /

adjective
noun
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Scientific definitions for upper

upper
[ ŭpər ]

Being a later or more recent division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare lower.
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