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on the upside

Considering the positive, beneficial, advantageous, etc., aspects of a situation, especially one that is or would be otherwise negative, detrimental, or disadvantageous. My wife went into labor while we were still away in Europe. The whole ordeal was really stressful, but on the upside, our son now has EU citizenship!
See also: on, upside

(one's) whole world was turned upside down

One's entire outlook, circumstances, or lifestyle were affected or altered (by some event), usually negatively. When I was rejected by the university that was my top choice, my whole world was turned upside down. Lena's whole world was turned upside down when her mom died, and it took a long time for her to find her way again.
See also: down, turn, upside, whole, world

turn (someone or something) upside down

1. To physically invert someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "upside." I can't go on those roller coasters that turn you upside down—they make me so nauseous.
2. To carefully examine or search a particular place (often creating a mess in the process). A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "upside." Can you believe I turned the entire house upside down looking for an invitation that was on my refrigerator the whole time?
3. To affect or alter one's outlook, circumstances, or lifestyle, usually negatively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "upside." Being rejected by the university that was my top choice turned my whole world upside down. Lena was turned upside down when her mom died, and it took a long time for her to find her way again.
4. To cause or introduce significant changes. A noun or pronoun can be used between "turn" and "upside." This method of filing is so inefficient that I think it's time to turn the whole process upside down.
See also: down, turn, upside

turn a place upside down

Fig. to search a place thoroughly. The cops turned the whole house upside down but never found the gun. I had to turn the place upside down to find my car keys.
See also: down, place, turn, upside

turn someone or something upside down

1. Lit. to invert someone or something. The wrestler turned his opponent upside down and dropped him on his head. I turned the bottle upside down, trying to get the last drop out.
2. Fig. to upset someone or something; to thoroughly confuse someone or something. The whole business turned me upside down. It'll take days to recover.
See also: down, turn, upside

turn something upside down

Fig. to throw things all about in a thorough search for someone or something. We turned this place upside down, looking for the lost ring. Please don't turn everything upside down, looking for your book.
See also: down, turn, upside


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.

turn upside down

Put in disorder, mix or mess up, as in He turned the whole house upside down looking for his checkbook. This metaphoric phrase transfers literally inverting something so that the upper part becomes the lower (or vice versa) to throwing into disorder or confusion. [First half of 1800s]
See also: down, turn, upside

upside the head

Against the side of someone's head, as in With those nightsticks the police are known for knocking suspects upside the head. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
See also: head, upside

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 someone upside down

tv. to upset someone; to confuse someone. The events of the week turned us both upside down.
See also: down, someone, turn, upside

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


n. the good side. There’s not much to look forward to on the upside.
References in classic literature ?
But the creatures led their captives away from the rocks and the road, down the hill by a side path until they came before a low mountain of rock that looked like a huge bowl turned upside down.
Alec meanwhile had apparently taken Aunt Plenty at her word, and was turning the house upside down.
There were despatch boxes turned upside down, a sea of parchment and foolscap.
Presently she would go and do things among the beehives; and after that, if that brought no solace, she would go in and turn the house upside down and get dusty and tired.
said the jailer, turning his basket upside down to beat the crumbs out, 'I have expended all the money I received; here is the note of it, and that's a thing accomplished.
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.
One raised oneself by study, and got upsides with the world.
Upside Down is a simple, sharply vertical board book for young readers with a twist--it's meant to be read, then flipped over and read the other way "upside down"
ContractBuddy is an extension of the Edmonton, Alberta-based Upside Software's product line, which includes the award-winning UpsideContract.
The UPSIDE Elite 100 is an annual definitive list of the technology industry's influential visionaries, pundits and top executives who are most responsible for driving the digital revolution.
In addition, upside surprises where earnings surpassed the mean estimate by more than 5 percent have outnumbered negative surprises nearly 2-to-1.
Club Upside will feature prominent technology executives engaged in conversation with Upside editors and attendees comprised of media, analysts, venture capitalists and UPSIDE readers.
Upside Magazine, the nation's premier monthly business and finance magazine focused on the business of technology, today announced the appointment of Ken Yamada as senior editor.
4 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite letters of outrage and criticism from readers who felt UPSIDE magazine's June 1999 issue inappropriately exploited the female body to sell magazines, UPSIDE has once again demonstrated to expect the unexpected.