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.”
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The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’
In its attempt to discredit the story, the JPO inadvertently confirmed that fact.
And extortion makes a lot more sense before a story hits the news wire, not after.
“Perhaps you do not speak my language,” she said in Urdu, the tongue most frequently heard in Upper India.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
On the upper part of the stem the whorls are very close together, but they are more widely separated at the lower portion.
It is to be remembered, however, that a few of these bacteria may reach the sputum from the upper air-passages.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Nothing but an extreme love of truth could have hindered me from concealing this part of my story.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The upper part of the stem is usually unbranched, but whorls of branches occur towards the base.