[ uhp-sahyd ]
/ ˈʌpˌsaɪd /



going higher, especially in price or worth: This stock has a nice upside potential.


on or against the side of: Give him a smack upside the head.


    get upsides with, British. to get even with.

Origin of upside

First recorded in 1605–15; up- + side1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for upside


/ (ˈʌpˌsaɪd) /


the upper surface or part
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for upside


1610s, "upper side or surface," from up + side. Phrase upside (someone's) head in reference to a blow to the head is recorded from 1970, U.S. black slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with upside


In addition to the idiom beginning with upside

  • upside the head

also see:

  • turn upside down
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