[ uhp-sahyd ]


  1. the upper side or part.
  2. that part of a chart or graph that shows a higher level, especially in price.
  3. an upward trend, as in stock prices.
  4. a positive result.
  5. an encouraging or positive aspect.


  1. going higher, especially in price or worth:

    This stock has a nice upside potential.


  1. on or against the side of:

    Give him a smack upside the head.


/ ˈʌpˌsaɪd /


  1. the upper surface or part

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Word History and Origins

Origin of upside1

First recorded in 1605–15; up- + side 1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. get upsides with, British. to get even with.

More idioms and phrases containing upside

In addition to the idiom beginning with upside , also see turn upside down .

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Example Sentences

There’s a small CPU overhead with Sqreen enabled, but there are some upsides.

Even as the world is in the midst of its long trek back to “normal” in 2021, portfolio managers still see upside in a select few beneficiaries of the pandemic.

From Fortune

Some who have heard of the project say one focus will be on giving everyday citizens direct economic upside in the city’s growth.

From Vox

He was hung upside down with his hands and feet bound,Then submerged in a river, where sadly he drowned.

Now, there may be upsides to a declining global birth rate, since overpopulation presents a variety of resource and economic challenges.

Like all fowl, turkeys tend to go quiet when held upside down.

“I jumped over a few cars, almost turned it upside down in a pond and came out on top of all four tires,” she wrote in an email.

Viewed in profile, they are upside-down mid-section silhouettes of Pippa Middleton leaning over to check your oil.

The result is that no one is willing to take risks or lead, because there is no upside to leadership.

Before they go to bed, they turn a cup upside down, to show they have no expectations for tomorrow and always gratitude.

Their heads might have been turned upside-down, so absolutely did they tread upon blue ether.

He drew forth as he spoke the letter in the queen's own hand, turned it upside down, and so presented it to her.

Nance Watling has been turning everything upside down at the Heath Farm.

The pedal pipes are put upside down so that their open ends may be toward the music room.

He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he hath turned my paths upside down.


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