The head or brain, as in He's not all there in the upper story. This expression transfers the literal sense of a higher floor in a multistory building to the top portion of the human body. Richard Bentley used it in A Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris (1699), where he compares a man with “brains ... in his head” to a man who has “furniture in his upper story.”
Related Words for upper storyhead, intellect, coconut, brain, skull, wit, mentality, cerebellum, encephalon, cerebrum, belfry, upstairs, attic, crown, dome, cranium, noggin, scalp, pate, poll
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Historical Examples of upper story
From the upper-story windows, where he had climbed, he could see to the edge of the forest.Lorraine
Robert W. Chambers
Still he was a pleasant giant (particularly to the upper-story boy), and welcome to the whole company.The Art of Amusing
How I reached the upper-story, I know not; but, on waking late in the day, I found my pocket-book was absent—without leave.The True History of Tom and Jerry
The "Diggers" retaliated mildly by styling their upper-story neighbors, "Camanches."
From an upper-story window, without a sash, the figure of Tom leans out in an inquisitive attitude.