upper story

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."
See also: story, upper

upper story

verb
See also: story, upper
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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.
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.
The team sealed the paper factory owned by Safia Malik which was being run illegally, upper story of departmental store owned by Umar Khan and one shop owned by Sajjad at Sher Shah toll plaza also sealed.
It works really well, providing enough space for them to stretch their legs on the ground floor, getting their food and water there and an upper story that is closed at night provides nest boxes and roosts.
was used by the Grange Hall, a brief interlude of non-church use that was followed by a brick renovation to the upper story in the 1960s, and use by the historic A.
The two-story commercial building built in 1979 includes 7,639 s/f on the first floor and 6,827 s/fin the upper story and sits on 0.
Implications are drawn from the construction itself, such as the differences in precision between basement and upper story.
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