Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “turn (sth) upside down”

See all translations

turn (sth) upside down

to (cause something to) change completely and in a bad way: Another poor harvest could turn the country's economy upside down. Their lives were turned upside down when their son was arrested.
Translations of “turn (sth) upside down”
in Chinese (Traditional) (把…)弄得亂七八糟, (使)變得淩亂不堪…
in Chinese (Simplified) (把…)弄得乱七八糟, (使)变得凌乱不堪…
(Definition of turn (sth) upside down from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More