(one's) whole world was turned upside down

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(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.
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Mr Farrell's family have had their whole world turned upside down.
It's taken a trip to the other side of the world to have my whole world turned upside down and I see things differently now.
And even in the dawning days of the 21st century, with our whole world turned upside down, the SUV is the most popular vehicle in the nation.
It tells the tale of a housewife and mother who falls for the charms of a window cleaner and finds her whole world turned upside down.