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Definitions of upset

  1. thrown into a state of disarray or confusion; " troops fleeing in broken ranks"; " a confused mass of papers on the desk"; " the small disordered room"; " with everything so upset"
  2. the act of disturbing the mind or body; " his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset"; " she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"
  3. cause to lose one's composure
  4. afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief; " too upset to say anything"; " spent many disquieted moments"; " distressed about her son's leaving home"; " lapsed into disturbed sleep"; " worried parents"; " a worried frown"; " one last worried check of the sleeping children"
  5. move deeply; " This book upset me"; " A troubling thought"
  6. an unhappy and worried mental state; " there was too much anger and disturbance"; " she didn't realize the upset she caused me"
  7. an improbable and unexpected victory; " the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"
  8. the act of upsetting something; " he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed"
  9. form metals with a swage
  10. mildly physically distressed; " an upset stomach"
  11. used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win; " the Bills' upset victory over the Houson Oilers"
  12. a tool used to thicken or spread ( the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging
  13. disturb the balance or stability of; " The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries"
  14. used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win; " the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers"
  15. To turn upwards the outer ends of ( stakes) so as to make a foundation for the side of a basket or the like; also, to form ( the side) in this manner.
  16. To set up; to put upright.
  17. To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
  18. To shorten ( a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
  19. To overturn, overthrow, or overset; as, to upset a carriage; to upset an argument.
  20. To disturb the self- possession of; to disorder the nerves of; to make ill; as, the fright upset her.
  21. To become upset.
  22. Set up; fixed; determined; -- used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold.
  23. The act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset.
  24. Set up; fixed; determined; - used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price.
  25. To overturn.
  26. To overthrow; overturn; colioquially, to put out of normal nervous condition.
  27. The act of overturning or disturbing; state of being overturned; colloquially, mental or physical distrubance.
  28. Upset, upsetted.
  29. Upsetting.
  30. To turn upside down: to overthrow.
  31. An overturn.
  32. Relating to what is set up for sale, in phrase UPSET PRICE, the sum at which anything is started at a public sale.
  33. To overturn; overthrow.
  34. To discompose; confuse.
  35. Set up; required; as, the upset price.
  36. The act of upsetting, or state of being upset.
  37. Said of the price at which anything is set up for sale.
  38. To overturn; to overthrow; to put out of sorts.
  39. To overturn; to throw down from an erect position.

Usage examples for upset

  1. Of itself, this was enough to upset a man as much in love with Miss Collier as Parlmee undoubtedly was. – Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager by Burt L. Standish
  2. She really was most upset. – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  3. I was so upset I couldn't speak; but I sent round at once for Mr. Wethered, who came himself just about three o'clock that afternoon. – The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
  4. She is thoroughly upset, Mrs. Cunningham said, and it would be best to let her have her own way for a time. – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  5. It almost upset me. – The Story of Dago by Annie Fellows-Johnston
  6. I shouldn't have thought, Craven answered slowly, that anything ever upset you; I shouldn't have thought you had any nerves. – The Prelude to Adventure by Hugh Walpole
  7. Of course Mr. Frog was disappointed by having his plans so upset. – The Tale of Ferdinand Frog by Arthur Scott Bailey
  8. It had, in fact, upset him. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  9. For she was really quite an old lady, you know, and sensible as she was, things upset her much more easily than when she was younger. – The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth
  10. The honour of this was almost too much for poor Annot, and quite upset her father, Michael Stein, who did not at all like the idea of not having his own way, after his own fashion, at his own only daughter's wedding. – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  11. Several of the artists singing with me came to me during the evening much upset. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg
  12. There Callon had upset his glass upon Tony's entrance. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  13. The Canon was too much upset to move. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  14. You're upset about this book affair? – The Orange-Yellow Diamond by J. S. Fletcher
  15. If I get upset, I'll not be fit even for this. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  16. Tell me first what has upset you so. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  17. It may only be a foolish suspicion that has upset me; and it is just for this reason that I did not wish to speak about it to any of my husband's messmates. – The Coming Conquest of England by August Niemann
  18. The dad's ill, and you'll upset him more." – The Master of the Ceremonies by George Manville Fenn
  19. Hardly had he passed out of sight of the houses, when he heard a man crying: " My kayak has upset, help me." – Eskimo Folktales by Unknown
  20. Why was my poor darling so upset, when I came in? – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
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