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upside down

adv.
1. So that the upper or right side is down: turned upside down.
2. In great disorder.
3. Being or holding an asset that is worth less than its purchase price or the debt owed on it.

[Alteration of Middle English up so doun, up as if down : up, up; see up + so, as if; see so1 + doun, down; see down1.]

up′side-down′ adj.

upside down

adj
1. (usually postpositive; upside-down when prenominal) turned over completely; inverted
2. (upside-down when prenominal) informal confused; muddled; topsy-turvy: an upside-down world.
adv
3. in an inverted fashion
4. in a chaotic or crazy manner
[C16: variant, by folk etymology, of earlier upsodown]
ˌupside-ˈdownness n

up′side down′


adv.
1. with the upper part undermost.
2. in or into complete disorder; topsy-turvy: to turn the house upside down.
[1300–50; Middle English upsedoun, earlier up so doun]
up′side-down′, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.upside down - in an inverted mannerupside down - in an inverted manner; "the box was lying on the floor upside down"

upside down

upside-down
adverb
1. wrong side up, bottom up, on its head The painting was hung upside down.
adjective
1. inverted, overturned, upturned, on its head, bottom up, wrong side up Tony had an upside-down map of Britain on his wall.
2. (Informal) confused, disordered, chaotic, muddled, jumbled, in disarray, in chaos, topsy-turvy, in confusion, higgledy-piggledy (informal), in disorder the upside-down sort of life that we've had
turn something upside down ransack, search, go through, comb, scour, rummage through, rake through, turn something inside out, fossick through (Austral. & N.Z.) I've turned the place upside down, but cannot find it.
Translations
vzhůru nohamapřevráceněpřevrácený
på hovedet
ylösalaisinsekaisinsotku
à l’enversà l'enverssens dessus dessousla tête en basles jambes en l’air
naopačke
fej: a feje tetején v. tetejérefelfordítva
á hvolf, í óreiîuá hvolfi
さかさまの逆さまに
거꾸로거꾸로의
aukštielninkaiaukštyn kojomis
ačgārniar kājām gaisājuku jukāmnekārtībāotrādi
prevrátene
obrnjen na glavo
upp och neruppochned
คว่ำลง พลิกบนลงล่างพลิกเอาด้านบนลงล่าง
chổng ngượclộn ngược

upside down

advverkehrt herum; the monkey was hanging upside downder Affe hing verkehrt herum or mit dem Kopf nach unten; to turn something upside down (lit)etw umdrehen; (fig)etw auf den Kopf stellen (inf); when my daughter was born my world turned upside downals meine Tochter geboren wurde, wurde mein Leben auf den Kopf gestellt

upside down

[ˌʌpsaɪdˈdaʊn]
1. adv (person) → a testa in giù; (object) → alla rovescia, sottosopra
to turn upside down → capovolgere (mattress) → rivoltare (fig) → mettere sottosopra or a soqquadro
2. adj (person) → a testa in giù; (object) → capovolto/a
the room was upside down (in disorder) → la stanza era tutta sottosopra or a soqquadro

upside down

(apsaiˈdaun) adverb
1. with the top part underneath. The plate was lying upside down on the floor.
2. into confusion. The burglars turned the house upside down.

upside down

رَأْساً عَلَى عَقِب, مَقْلُوبٌ رَأْساً عَلَى عَقِب převrácený, vzhůru nohama på hovedet auf den Kopf gestellt, verkehrt herum ανάποδα, ανάποδος al revés ylösalaisin à l’envers, à l'envers naopačke sottosopra さかさまの, 逆さまに 거꾸로, 거꾸로의 ondersteboven opp ned, opp-ned do góry nogami ao contrário, de cabeça para baixo вверх дном, перевернутый upp och ner, uppochned คว่ำลง พลิกบนลงล่าง, พลิกเอาด้านบนลงล่าง baş aşağı chổng ngược, lộn ngược 倒置的, 颠倒
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One funny thing about the Scoodlers was they could walk in either direction, coming or going, without turning around; because they had two faces and, as Dorothy said, "two front sides," and their feet were shaped like the letter T upside down.
Sago"; but when she turned them upside down there was nothing inside except red and blue beads.
Verily, it seemeth to me, thou art a fool, or else I myself am one: and quietly and quickly will I Put thy 'truth' upside down.
He turned it upside down, but nothing came out, which surprised him very much.
The church had a slender-spired dome that rounded inward at its base, and looked like a turnip turned upside down, and the hackman seemed to be dressed in a long petticoat with out any hoops.
The servant brought back his tumbler turned upside down,* with an unfinished bit of nibbled sugar, and asked if anything more would be wanted.
My dear boy, you may turn the house upside down if you will only stay in it.
I could look at all the rest of the woods, see my scarlet dress in my beautiful looking-glass, and watch all the yellow and brown trees growing upside down in the water.
The man, after looking at me for a moment, turned me upside down, and emptied my pockets.
Round the skins six of the men belonging to the fold seated themselves, having first with rough politeness pressed Don Quixote to take a seat upon a trough which they placed for him upside down.
But alas, the final week of that pleasant vacation was spoiled for Anne, by one of those impish happenings which are like a dream turned upside down.
There was an old barrel there, upside down, one side resting on a block of wood.