upside down


adverb

with the upper part undermost.
in or into complete disorder; topsy-turvy: The burglars turned the house upside down.

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Origin of upside down

1300–50; re-formation (see upside) of Middle English upsedoun, earlier up so doun (see up, so1, down1; sense of so obscure)

OTHER WORDS FROM upside down

upside-down, adjectiveupside-downness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for upside down

upside down

adjective

(usually postpositive; upside-down when prenominal) turned over completely; inverted
(upside-down when prenominal) informal confused; muddled; topsy-turvyan upside-down world

adverb

in an inverted fashion
in a chaotic or crazy manner

Derived forms of upside down

upside-downness, noun

Word Origin for upside down

C16: variant, by folk etymology, of earlier upsodown
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