- up the stairs; to or on an upper floor.
- Informal. in the mind: to be a little weak upstairs.
- to or at a higher level of authority: You may have to take the matter upstairs.
- Military Slang. at or to a higher level in the air.
- Also up·stair. of, relating to, or situated on an upper floor: an upstairs window; an upstairs apartment.
- (usually used with a singular verb) an upper story or stories; the part of a building or house that is above the ground floor: The upstairs of this house is entirely rented.
- a higher command or level of authority: We can't take action till we have approval from upstairs.
- kick upstairs, to promote (a person) to a higher position, usually having less authority, in order to be rid of him or her.
Origin of upstairs
Examples from the Web for upstair
She often disappears all day long—still, she may be in the upstair rooms.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
The upstair rooms are better furnished, and the beds often really good.The Toilers of the Field
"I have been looking at the upstair rooms at home," said Clarence.Beth Woodburn
Madame Nancanou an' heh daughtah livin' upstair an' rissy-ving de finess soci'ty in de Province!The Grandissimes
George Washington Cable
They were carried back to the plantation and the mother was mildly punished and imprisoned in an upstair room.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
Work Projects Administration
- up the stairs; to or on an upper floor or level
- informal to or into a higher rank or office
- informal in the minda little weak upstairs
- kick upstairs informal to promote to a higher rank or position, esp one that carries less power
- an upper floor or level
- (as modifier)an upstairs room
- British informal, old-fashioned the masters and mistresses of a household collectively, esp of a large houseCompare downstairs (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for upstair
1590s (adj.), from up + stairs (see stair). The noun is first attested 1872. Meaning "characteristic of upstairs life" (in private rooms of a household, as opposed to servants' quarters) is recorded from 1942.
He [Halifax] had said he had known many kicked down stairs, but he never knew any kicked up stairs before. [Gilbert Burnet, supplement to "History of My own Time," from his original memoirs, c.1697]
Idioms and Phrases with upstair
see kick upstairs.