upper story

upper story

1. Literally, a higher or the highest level of a building. The executives all have their offices in the upper stories of the skyscraper. We converted the upper story into a standalone apartment that we rent out.
2. The brain; one's ability to think, understand, and rationalize. He's attractive, all right, but I don't think there's much going on in the upper story. I never felt like I had a strong enough of an upper story to do a master's degree.
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upper story

The head or brain, as in He's not all there in the upper story. This expression transfers the literal sense of a higher floor in a multistory building to the top portion of the human body. Richard Bentley used it in A Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris (1699), where he compares a man with "brains ... in his head" to a man who has "furniture in his upper story."
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upper story

verb
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References in classic literature ?
What am I to do with myself?" And tapping with her heels, she ran quickly upstairs to see Vogel and his wife who lived on the upper story.
The houses have generally an upper story, built on account of the earthquakes, of plastered woodwork but some of the old ones, which are now used by several families, are immensely large, and would rival in suites of apartments the most magnificent in any place.
Here, of course, I found the beasts of the warriors who quartered in the adjacent buildings, and the warriors themselves I might expect to meet within if I entered; but, fortunately for me, I had another and safer method of reaching the upper story where Dejah Thoris should be found, and, after first determining as nearly as possible which of the buildings she occupied, for I had never observed them before from the court side, I took advantage of my relatively great strength and agility and sprang upward until I grasped the sill of a second-story window which I thought to be in the rear of her apartment.
She waited until she was safe on the upper story, and then she looked over the banisters.
She can look up and see the drawing-room windows illuminated, and, at about nine o'clock, the chamber in the upper story where Georgy sleeps.
A delightful little stairway wound past more windows to the upper story. Here the little lady greeted them and led them into what Saxon knew at once was her room.
The DUSTPAN SOCIETY will meet on Wednesday next, and parade in the upper story of the Club House.
"He's empty enough i' the upper story, or he'd niver come jigging an' stamping i' that way, like a mad grasshopper, for the gentry to look at him.
But when Martin began to discuss eliminating the whole upper story of the house, Rose protested.
A yellow bar falling across the black foreground showed that the door was not quite closed, and one window in the upper story was brightly illuminated.
6 people identified as Waqas, Sonia, Gulzar, Musqan, Neha and Salma of a family were buried under debris after roof of an upper story of a house collapsed near Christian Para of laundi no 2 area of Karachi.
The incident occurred when the Rescue 1122 team was responding to the call of fire erupted at the upper story of the house near Diyal Singh late on Wednesday.
When I was three years old, we lived in the upper story of my Lola's youngest sister, who was married to Nicanor Tomas, who worked at the Central Bank.
Pakistan Army also participated in the operation that was being monitored by Corps Commander Shaheen Mazhar.Earlier, the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Qazi Jamilur Rehman informed that the operation ongoing on the upper story of the house has entered its final phase and requires some time for completion.
She has received various eminent awards, such as the Woman of Substance Award, on Women's Day, from upper story 2017.