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top·sy-tur·vy

 (tŏp′sē-tûr′vē)
adv.
1. With the top downward and the bottom up; upside-down.
2. In or into a state of utter disorder or confusion: "turning our ordered life topsy-turvy" (Anne Tyler).
adj. top·sy-tur·vi·er, top·sy-tur·vi·est
1. Turned or positioned upside down; inverted.
2. Confused or disordered.
n. pl. top·sy-tur·vies
The quality or condition of being topsy-turvy.

[Probably from top + obsolete terve, to overturn (from Middle English terven).]

top′sy-tur′vi·ly adv.
top′sy-tur′vi·ness n.
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topsy-turvy

(ˈtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ)
adj
1. upside down
2. in a state of confusion
adv
in a topsy-turvy manner
n
a topsy-turvy state
[C16: probably from tops, plural of top1 + obsolete tervy to turn upside down; perhaps related to Old English tearflian to roll over]
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top•sy-tur•vy

(ˈtɒp siˈtɜr vi)

adv., adj., n., pl. -vies. adv.
1. with the top where the bottom should be; upside down.
2. in or into a state of confusion or disorder.
adj.
3. turned upside down; inverted; reversed.
4. confused or disorderly.
n.
5. inversion of the natural order.
6. a state of confusion or disorder.
[1520–30; perhaps alter. of top syd turvye topside down; turvy, variant of tervy, derivative of obsolete terve to turn over]
top′sy-tur′vi•ly, adv.
top′sy•tur′vi•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.topsy-turvy - in utter disordertopsy-turvy - in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
Adv.1.topsy-turvy - in a disordered mannertopsy-turvy - in a disordered manner; "they were piled up higgledy-piggledy"
2.topsy-turvy - in disorderly hastetopsy-turvy - in disorderly haste; "we ran head over heels toward the shelter"
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topsy-turvy

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topsy-turvy

adjective
Characterized by physical confusion:
Informal: mixed-up.
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Translations

topsy-turvy

[ˌtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ]
A. ADJen desorden, revuelto
B. ADVpatas arriba, al revés
everything is topsy-turvytodo está patas arriba
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topsy-turvy

(inf)
adj (lit: = upside down) → umgedreht; (= in disorder)kunterbunt durcheinander pred; (fig)auf den Kopf gestellt; it’s a topsy-turvy worldes ist eine verkehrte Welt; the room was all topsy-turvyalles im Zimmer war kunterbunt durcheinander
adv to turn something topsy-turvy (lit, fig)etw auf den Kopf stellen; plansetw über den Haufen werfen
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topsy-turvy

[ˌtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ] adj & advsottosopra (inv)
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