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  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.
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  1. going higher, especially in price or worth: This stock has a nice upside potential.
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  1. on or against the side of: Give him a smack upside the head.
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  1. get upsides with, British. to get even with.
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Origin of upside

First recorded in 1605–15; up- + side1
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Historical Examples

  • One raised oneself by study, and got upsides with the world.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Ah, well, he would maybe be upsides with Gourlay yet, so he might!

  • I have been thinking ever since what I can do to be upsides with you and make them talk about me.

    Joan of the Sword Hand

    S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

  • And I soon got upsides with the party, and fair took it hout of that Guide.

  • "And there were few in these parts that were upsides with him," said Sam.

British Dictionary definitions for upsides


  1. informal, mainly British (foll by with) equal or level (with), as through revenge or retaliation
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  1. the upper surface or part
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Word Origin and History for upsides


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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with upsides


In addition to the idiom beginning with upside

  • upside the head

also see:

  • turn upside down
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