[ uhp-stairz ]
/ ˈʌpˈstɛərz /
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Also upstair . of, relating to, or situated on an upper floor:an upstairs window; an upstairs apartment.

noun, plural up·stairs.

(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.



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Idioms for upstairs

    kick upstairs, to promote (a person) to a higher position, usually having less authority, in order to be rid of him or her.
Also especially British, above stairs .

Origin of upstairs

First recorded in 1590–1600; up- + stairs
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British Dictionary definitions for upstairs

/ (ˈʌpˈstɛəz) /


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

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

  1. an upper floor or level
  2. (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)
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Idioms and Phrases with upstairs


see kick upstairs.

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