Definition of upend in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Set or turn (something) on its end or upside down.

    ‘an upended box’
    ‘Kitty upended her purse, dumping out all her money’
    • ‘I turned to fetch milk from the fridge and in the process managed to upend the iron, which promptly headed for the floor and landed with a crash, rendering it somewhat ‘dismantled’ and burning the floor just for good measure.’
    • ‘Almost worse, he says, was the insult of troops upending ashtrays, of throwing his clothes on the floor and stepping on them, and of smashing open suitcases they could easily have opened.’
    • ‘Harris suggested that teachers should challenge students, upend their settled ideas, and expose them to worlds far beyond their own experiences.’
    • ‘Mr Ebener, along with other horrified spectators, was stunned when Mr Gloystein upended the magnum bottle and proceeded to pour it all over the head of Mr Ottmann.’
    • ‘But it took the council a week to collect Mr Warner's bin, and he said that when the binmen did finally arrive they simply upended his green bin in to his black bin before taking it off to landfill.’
    • ‘His ocean survival unit holds 12 people and has a curved underwater fibreglass section that should stop high waves and wind upending the craft, unlike traditional flat-bottomed inflatables.’
    • ‘Open all the little bottles they give you and upend them in the water.’
    • ‘He had upended the bottle when he slammed the door.’
    • ‘When trying to begin an experiment which involves cress seedlings, do not upend the seed packet and tip cress seeds all over the floor.’
    • ‘This completely upends conventional wisdom about the war, and requires a certain amount of historical amnesia.’
    • ‘Most recently, he teamed up with archaeologists near his Livingston, Montana, home to research a burial site that may upend theories of how humans arrived in America.’
    • ‘So they upended the futon and assembled the bed in my bedroom.’
    • ‘Frozen disks of meat were dropped onto one rotating chain; upended buns onto another.’
    • ‘I upended the pumpkin and cut the bottom out of it, then put it outside on our backdeck, over the decklight, sparing us the need to use a candle or a flashlight to light him up.’
    upturned, upended, bottom up, wrong side up, head over heels, inverted, reversed, overturned, capsized, upset, flipped
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    1. 1.1no object (of a swimming duck or other waterbird) submerge the head and foreparts in order to feed, so that the tail is raised in the air.
      set upright, place vertical, set up, put up, stand, stand up, stand on end
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