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Fig. in a financial state such that one owes more money on a car, truck, house, etc., than its resale value. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) When I tried to trade in the car, I found that I was upside-down and couldn't close the deal without more money. I took a loan period that was too long and was upside-down in two years.
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They get through, and then the pattern strangles them off and turns them upside down, and makes their eyes white!
It was no great gift, for there was mighty little wine left; but Signor Cavalletto, jumping to his feet, received the bottle gratefully, turned it upside down at his mouth, and smacked his lips.
John lived in a boat turned upside down on the sands, Michael in a wigwam, Wendy in a house of leaves deftly sewn together.
The black dots grew larger as they advanced and although the light was dim Dorothy thought they looked like big kettles turned upside down.
And now tell me about the Klondike, and how you turned San Francisco upside down with that last raid of yours.
O'Grady's important tone, and bad grammar: "Gores is out, and plaits is in; therefore, as the top of this skirt is quite fresh, we will take off the ruffles, turn it upside down, and leave it plain.
A milkmaid turned her pail upside down and hid in it.
Holding his prayer-book upside down, or open at any place but the right, he did nothing but stare about him, unless he happened to catch my aunt's eye or mine, and then he would drop his own on his book, with a puritanical air of mock solemnity that would have been ludicrous, if it had not been too provoking.
She turns the house upside down for us; she invites our special friends--she scarcely knows Frieda, and we can't leave her on her hands.
This was perhaps a rich man for Mull; he would have scarce been thought so in the south; for it took all he had -- the whole house was turned upside down, and a neighbour brought under contribution, before he could scrape together twenty shillings in silver.
We are not just turning the boards upside down, we are turning the car buying experience upside down with our new sales process.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: "They found the Fiat Punto upside down and Mr Donlan standing next to it.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said the car left the motorway, hit some trees and landed upside down.
His photo hoisting the national flag upside down in West Vinod Nagar area has gone viral on the internet and has drawn condemnation from all corners.
Eating upside down is one thing, but breathing is another.