Definition of upside in English:

upside

noun

  • 1The more positive aspect of a situation:

    ‘being self-employed has its upside’
    • ‘For me, there is an upside, a project I've been approached to work on has, inherently, some element of Maori music, its history and its direction.’
    • ‘The only upside that I could see to the situation was that since I couldn't go home for the holiday, I could spend it with Rob.’
    • ‘On the upside, holiday plans are slowly forming.’
    • ‘He also tried to find an upside to his situation, but to no avail.’
    • ‘This kind of dramatic scene does tend to have a positive upside in that respect.’
    • ‘Although boys are less articulate - they tend to express feelings via a thump or a hug - the upside of boys' physicality is that they're cuddly and physically demonstrative.’
    • ‘But free trade also comes with a significant upside for our country, an upside most Democratic pols would rather not discuss today.’
    • ‘Rational salaried managers thus tend to be too risk-averse because they do not benefit from the upside of risk.’
    • ‘On the upside, however, we managed to travel for a whole eleven minutes before having to stop the train ‘because of a problem with the engine’.’
    • ‘But on the upside, here are the best birthday presents I have received.’
    • ‘On the upside, I just discussed with my AP Government class how a poll can skew results by how they phrase a question and how important it was to be polling on salient issues.’
    • ‘The overwhelming upside to the book is its visual aspect, and this is strong enough to counterbalance the flaws in the text.’
    • ‘The obvious upside of being self-employed is that you can sleep in on any day you please.’
    • ‘The upside of working with your other half is that you get unbeatable teamwork, says John Jones, who has run his interior design business with wife Julie for 18 years.’
    • ‘The upside is that there is this great flourishing of ideas and experimentation and efforts to try things, and fertility research has advanced an enormous amount.’
    • ‘I guess they were originally very disappointed, or continually disappointed because the price of zinc has continued to rise, so that they've been left out of the upside.’
    • ‘There's obviously an upside to all this (which I'll get round to talking about at some stage soon) but there's definitely a large amount of grieving to be done.’
    • ‘We never were quite sure what the upside was, were we?’
    • ‘That seemed pretty bad news on the face of it, but Mayor Glenn Everready, always one to seek the most positive side of a situation, suddenly realized that there was an upside to this downturn.’
    • ‘I can see an upside to this situation however, you'll get to test, sell, and buy things that other people much more creative than you or I have created.’
  • 2An upward movement of share prices:

    [as modifier] ‘upside potential’
    • ‘The company firmly believes there is a lot of upside movement to its stock and this was the best vehicle to take advantage of that.’
    • ‘Vodafone has a decent record and some analysts think its shares have much upside potential.’
    • ‘‘All I see in their future is downside risk and very little upside potential,’ she says.’
    • ‘For example, if a company is paying a dividend, the investor can get both this dividend and any upside if the share rebounds.’
    • ‘Grafton's share price is currently undervalued and has much upside potential, according to a number of analysts.’
    • ‘Restricted stock has much less upside potential.’
    • ‘Some investment products provide high potential for upside performance while safeguarding the net capital invested over a specified term.’
    • ‘However, the share placing is expected to satisfy the current demand for the stock, which will limit the upside potential in the shares over the short term.’
    • ‘First, it said on economic growth that ‘over the next few quarters the upside and downside risks to the attainment of sustainable growth are roughly equal’.’
    • ‘Already prepared for the worst on yields by the company's forecasts, the upside potential for investors is evident too.’
    • ‘A lot of the upside forecast by Salomon is based on a sale of the US operation which it hasn't confirmed it will do.’
    • ‘Even so, stockpickers see continued upside potential.’
    • ‘So their upside potential is not as great as conventional hedge funds, but the downside is more protected.’
    • ‘Right now, we think that the weight of the evidence shows that, at best, the upside potential for most stocks to continue the gains of the last five quarters is marginal at best.’
    • ‘But, as things stand, he is not offering current shareholders of Eircom a share in that upside potential.’
    • ‘Recent number releases have tended to be upside surprises that were positive for stocks and negative for bonds.’
    • ‘The downside risk is minimal compared to the upside potential.’
    • ‘Leverage increases volatility as investors run for cover when they feel threatened and pile in regardless on the upside swing.’
    • ‘The company is still trading at a discount to its peers so Dilger's confidence in the upside potential for the shares probably isn't misplaced.’
    • ‘However, as the upside potential is exacerbated, so is the downside risk.’

preposition

North American
informal
  • Against; on:

    ‘if her mother saw her drinkin' that stuff she'd slap her upside her head’
    • ‘A sharp slap upside his head corrects his delirium.’
    • ‘I didn't know whether to be glad or angry that Mr. Thomson was not about to slap Paradismo upside his head.’
    • ‘I just want to smack him upside his head one minute and kiss him the next.’
    • ‘I would personally feel justified smacking any would-be assassin upside their head.’
    • ‘As he said that another old lady came and hit him upside his head with her purse saying, ‘Watch your language young man.’’
    • ‘Mai smacks her brother upside the back of his head.’
    • ‘If you happen to know the people responsible for this transfer, smack them upside their heads.’
    • ‘Antoine is a somewhat priggish writer and English teacher whose landlady has a flaming crush on him, no matter that she once went upside his head with a hair dryer in a misplaced fury.’
    • ‘A hard slap upside my head was her solution for everything.’
    • ‘I swear that girl is going to make me smack her upside her head one of these days.’
    • ‘I sense that if I push my luck further, I'll get the cane upside my head.’
    • ‘Bryan had walked over and knocked him upside his head to shut him up.’
    • ‘She swung an open hand at Molly, knocking her upside her head.’
    • ‘I couldn't have been more than five or six, and I remember that she had hit me upside my head with a cast iron skillet that she had.’
    • ‘I hit him upside his head and put my hands on my hips.’
    • ‘David smirked openly until his grandmother's back was turned, when his father hit him upside his head.’
    • ‘‘I should just give up,’ Alcamay whispered then he got a slap upside his head.’
    • ‘Later that same day he started doing it again and she slapped him upside his head.’
    • ‘As he continues to think about his life, he feels a smack upside his head.’
    • ‘He could reach out and smack Justin upside his head if he wanted to.’

Pronunciation

upside

/ˈʌpsʌɪd/