topsy-turvy


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topsy-turvy

 
1. (informal) if a situation is topsy-turvy, it is confused and not well organized because things happen in the wrong order or people believe things are important when they are not The government's topsy-turvy priorities mean that spending on education remains low. We're living in topsy-turvy times.
2. (informal) if a room or a place is topsy-turvy, it is very untidy He went out leaving the house all topsy-turvy.

topsy-turvy

(ˈtɑpsiˈtɚvi)
1. mod. upside down; in disarray. He came in and turned everything topsy-turvy.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She was too topsy-turvy to stand up.
References in classic literature ?
The griffins, cupids, and so on, were, I must own, most beautiful to behold; though so many in number, so entangled in flowers and devices, and so topsy-turvy in their actions and attitudes, that you felt them unpleasantly in your head for hours after you had done with the pleasure of looking at them.
But you see when a man's got brains himself, there's no knowing where they'll run to; an' a pleasant sort o' soft woman may go on breeding you stupid lads and 'cute wenches, till it's like as if the world was turned topsy-turvy.
Father," broke in Maggie, who had stolen unperceived to her father's elbow again, listening with parted lips, while she held her doll topsy-turvy, and crushed its nose against the wood of the chair,--"father, is it a long way off where Tom is to go?
The Textured Twist is an easy-peasy chignon that looks great no matter how messy you make it, while the Topsy-Turvy is an Eighties-inspired updo that you can definitely DIY.
It has been topsy-turvy and I think that's testament to the strength of the First Division.
Ivanovic recovered from a topsy-turvy first set to win 6-7 (8/10) 6-4 6-2.
Peter Rollings, chief executive of estate agent Marsh & Parsons, said: "Rising national house prices will provide cheer for homeowners who have seen their equity dwindle since the initial credit crunch, but the falling number of moves taking place highlights the topsy-turvy nature of last year's housing market.
All topsy-turvy as they switch pace, rhythm and style to leave the unwary listener all mixed up and confused.
THERE'S A BOY IN THE GIRLS' BATHROOM by Louis Sachar I think this book is an amazing novel that describes the topsy-turvy life of three characters.
Summary: A topsy-turvy growing season, which zigzagged from drought to hail to heat wave, produced a distressingly mixed crop in Bordeaux this year -- but gave optical grape sorters a chance to shine.
Join one special boy on a journey through Topsy-Turvy Town where it rains broccoli and you can go fishing in your living room or share a bath with a robot.
Summary: Spurs look set for a rollercoaster first season of Champions League football after surviving another topsy-turvy night on the continent.
NEWHALEN Byword for York and between Behkabad and Planteur for the Arc - if they all get to their respective races in this topsy-turvy season.
Welcome to Topsy-Turvy Town, where a small boy's quirky and hilarious perceptions are brought to life.
CUTLINE: (1) At right, the Topsy-Turvy Thrift Shop on Main Street.