turn something upside down

turn something ˌinside ˈout/ˌupside ˈdown


1 make a place very untidy when you are searching for something: I’ve turned this drawer inside out but I can’t find my passport.The thieves turned the office upside down but they didn’t find anything valuable.
2 cause large changes: The new manager turned the old systems inside out.

turn something upside down

tv. to search a place or thing. We turned his place upside down but never found the gun.
See also: down, something, turn, upside
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What made Larson's cartoons so smart and wonderful was the way he would unexpectedly turn something upside down.