stand/turn something on its head

stand (something) on its head

1. To misinterpret or misrepresent something so that it is completely incorrect or the opposite of what it should be. I'm afraid we've stood the original mission statement on its head—this is the opposite of what we stand for. You just stood your previous statement on its head, and now you're contradicting yourself.
2. To innovate or alter something, such as a field or activity, in an unexpected or unprecedented way. He has stood fine dining in this town on its head with three words: hot dog soup.
See also: head, on, stand
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

turn something on its head


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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

stand (or turn) something on its head

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