upside the head

upside the head

On or against the top or side of one's head. My mother wasn't afraid of smacking me upside the head if I misbehaved. He didn't see the beam swinging towards him, and it ended up bashing him upside the head.
See also: head, 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

upside the head

Against one’s head. This locution, originally from black English, most often appears in the context of hitting someone on the head. The use of upside for “alongside” or “against” dates from the 1920s, and by the 1970s the head had been added. William Safire cited a 1976 New Yorker article, “There is a further penalty of a hit upside the head for stiffing the toll collector.” The phrase is rapidly becoming a cliché.
See also: head, upside
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Marina City, on the other hand, smacked us upside the head with "Strawberry," the recent release channeling all the area's available pop power and funneling it into a vibrant, electrifying banger.
Smacking you upside the head with its message for 110 god-awful minutes via every comball cliche in the (not-so-good) Christian-movie book, it's a leaden, self-righteous and wholly rancid affair, designed only to preach to its choir by maligning the non-profit organization."
Connor's Little Lizzie column, and in particular ol' Snidely Snotworth III, slapped me upside the head. I too found myself fielding questions about why I decided to carry.
McGregor did not stop there and returned to the top of the cage and straight slapped one of the officials upside the head.
But if it didn't occur to me until it rudely smacked me upside the head, well, it might just sneak up on you, too, even if you are an ATP with thousands of hours.
By all indications, Martin possessed grit, as did so many in those days, and he might knock me upside the head if he heard me say I think of him while I plant potatoes.
The wise leader will make changes incrementally after assessing her new situation, offering assurance that change will come without hitting people upside the head with it.
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But within moments of the opening of Martin Walker's new mystery, The Children Return (Knopf, $24.95, 336 pages, ISBN 9780385354158), Bruno is slapped upside the head with one of the most difficult cases of his career.
Each of us has little moments in our days, times when a line from scripture or a sermon will surface and make ripples, when we will experience a moment of grace, or when God will give us a smack upside the head. It can be a great encouragement to know others have similar experiences, and it's always good to know there are people who can and will support you and the world with prayer.
But reality smacks her upside the head after Kat has a miscarriage and the two go to the hospital, incurring Devon's wrath when he suspects they have told the officials what is going on.
When electric motors die, they can sometimes be coaxed back to life temporarily with a whack upside the head (and yes, that's the technical term).