stand/turn something on its head

stand something on its head

Fig. to stir up, baffle, or surprise a group or organization. The new owners came into the company and stood it on its head. Nothing will ever be the same. The mayor set out to stand the town on its head, but after one month, it was business as usual.
See also: head, on, stand

turn something on its head

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stand something on its head

COMMON If you turn something such as an argument, fact or theory on its head or stand it on its head, you make it have the opposite effect or meaning. Instead of pleading for women's rights, the Equal Opportunities Commission should turn the argument on its head and point out the cost of denying women the right to earn. The effect of these arguments is to stand on its head a Convention framed to prevent the State from depriving citizens of life and liberty.
See also: head, on, something, turn

stand (or turn) something on its head

completely reverse the principles or interpretation of an idea, argument, etc.
See also: head, on, something, stand

stand/turn something on its ˈhead


1 turn something upside down
2 make people think about something in a completely different way: He stood the argument on its head, saying that the plan wouldn’t save money and would, in fact, cost more.
See also: head, on, something, stand, turn