turn topsy-turvy

  • 1 turn topsy-turvy — turn (something) topsy turvy to completely change something, or to completely change. The steel industry is about to be turned topsy turvy by a technological revolution. My life has turned topsy turvy …

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  • 2 turn topsy-turvy — Upset, disorder, confuse …

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  • 3 turn something topsy-turvy — turn (something) topsy turvy to completely change something, or to completely change. The steel industry is about to be turned topsy turvy by a technological revolution. My life has turned topsy turvy …

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  • 4 Topsy-turvy — Top sy tur vy, adv. [Earlier topside turvey, topsy tervy; probably for top so turvy; that is, the top as turvy, as it were turvy; where turvy probably means, overturned, fr. {AS}. torfian to throw.] In an inverted posture; with the top or head… …

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  • 5 topsy-turvy — topsy turvily, adv. topsyturviness, n. /top see terr vee/, adv., adj., n., pl. topsy turvies. adv. 1. with the top where the bottom should be; upside down. 2. in or into a reversed condition or order. 3. in or into a state of confusion or… …

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  • 6 topsy-turvy — 1520s, but prob. in popular use from an earlier period [OED], likely from tops, plural of TOP (Cf. top) (n.1) highest point + obsolete terve turn upside down, topple over, from O.E. tearflian to roll over, overturn, from P.Gmc. *terbanan (Cf. O.H …

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  • 7 topsy-turvy — adv. to turn smt. topsy turvy * * * [ˌtɒpsɪ tɜːvɪ] to turn smt. topsy turvy …

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  • 8 topsy-turvy — I. adverb Etymology: probably ultimately from tops (plural of 1top) + obsolete English terve to turn upside down Date: 1528 1. in utter confusion or disorder 2. with the top or head downward ; upside down II. adjective …

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  • 9 topsy-turvy — top|sy tur|vy [ˌtɔpsi ˈtə:vi US ˌta:psi ˈtə:rvi] adj informal [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from top + terve to turn upside down (14 16 centuries)] in a state of complete disorder or confusion ▪ He left his room all topsy turvy …

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  • 10 topsy-turvy — top•sy tur•vy [[t]ˈtɒp siˈtɜr vi[/t]] adv. adj. n. pl. vies 1) with the top where the bottom should be; upside down 2) in or into a state of confusion or disorder 3) turned upside down; inverted; reversed 4) confused or disorderly 5) inversion of …

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  • 11 turn over — Synonyms and related words: abalienate, alien, alienate, amortize, assign, barter, be lost, bequeath, break, brood over, capsize, careen, carry over, cede, chaw, chew over, circulate, close out, come across with, communicate, con over, confer,… …

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  • 12 turn upside down — Synonyms and related words: accommodate, adapt, adjust, alter, ameliorate, better, break up, capsize, careen, change, comb, convert, culbuter, deform, denature, diversify, evert, fit, improve, introvert, intussuscept, invaginate, inverse, invert …

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  • 13 turn — v 1. rotate, spin, revolve, Archaic. trundle; swivel, pivot, wheel, caracole; roll, rev, twirl, twiddle, crank; reel, circumvolve, circumrotate, gyre; gyrate, circle, whirl, circumduct; swirl, eddy, circulate, move in circles, go round; (of the… …

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  • 14 turn — [tʉrn] vt. [ME turnen < OE turnian & OFr turner, tourner, both < L tornare, to turn in a lathe, turn < tornus, lathe < Gr tornos, lathe, carpenter s compasses, akin to terein, to bore through: for IE base see THROW] I to cause to… …

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  • 15 turn — I. verb Etymology: Middle English; partly from Old English tyrnan & turnian to turn, from Medieval Latin tornare, from Latin, to turn on a lathe, from tornus lathe, from Greek tornos; partly from Anglo French turner, tourner to turn, from… …

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  • 16 Inversion — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Inversion >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 inversion inversion eversion subversion reversion retroversion introversion Sgm: N 1 contraposition contraposition &c. 237 Sgm: N 1 contrariety contrariety &c. 14 …

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  • 17 topple — Synonyms and related words: ataxia, bite the dust, blow down, blow over, bowl down, bowl over, break down, break up, bring down, bulldog, capsize, careen, cast down, cave in, chaos, chop down, clutter, collapse, come a cropper, crumble, crumble… …

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  • 18 overthrow — Synonyms and related words: Waterloo, about face, accommodate, accommodation, adapt, adaptation, adjust, adjustment, alter, alteration, ameliorate, amelioration, answer, answer conclusively, apoplexy, apostasy, argue down, arise, beat, beating,… …

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  • 19 subvert — Synonyms and related words: accommodate, adapt, adjust, alienate, alter, ameliorate, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, arise, better, brainwash, break up, capsize, careen, change, confound, confute, contradict, controvert, convert, corrupt …

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  • 20 careen — Synonyms and related words: ascend, bank, blunder, bob, bobble, cant, capsize, career, climb, coggle, come a cropper, culbuter, dangle, decline, descend, dip, drop, fall, fall away, fall down, fall flat, fall headlong, fall off, fall over, fall… …

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