(of a person) Angry, distressed or unhappy.
- He was upset when she refused his friendship.
Feeling unwell, nauseated, or ready to vomit.
- My children often get upset with their classmates.
- His stomach was upset , so he didn't want to move.
* See'' angry, distressed ''and unhappy
** in a tizzy
* upset price
(uncountable) Disturbance or disruption.
(countable, sports) An unexpected victory of a competitor that was not favored.
- My late arrival caused the professor considerable upset .
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(automobile insurance) An overturn.
* 1958 May 12, advertisement, Life , volume 44, number 19, page 110 [http://books.google.com/books?id=vFMEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA110&dq=pepto]:
- "collision and upset ": impact with another object or an overturn for whatever reason.
- "Bob, let's cancel the babysitter. With this upset stomach, I can't go out tonight.
(mathematics) An upper set; a subset (X,?) of a partially ordered set with the property that, if x is in U and x?y, then y is in U.
- "Try Pepto-Bismol. Hospital tests prove it relieves upsets . And it's great for indigestion or nausea, too!"
* (sense) disruption, disturbance
* (unexpected victory of a competitor)
To make (a person) angry, distressed, or unhappy.
To disturb, disrupt or adversely alter (something).
- I’m sure the bad news will upset him, but he needs to know.
- Introducing a foreign species can upset the ecological balance.
To tip or overturn (something).
* 1924 , W. D. Ross translator, , Book 1, Part 9,
- The fatty meat upset his stomach.
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To defeat unexpectedly.
- But this argument, which first Anaxagoras and later Eudoxus and certain others used, is very easily upset ; for it is not difficult to collect many insuperable objections to such a view.
To be upset or knocked over.
- ''Truman upset Dewey in the 1948 US presidential election.
(obsolete) To set up; to put upright.
* R. of Brunne
- The carriage upset when the horse bolted.
To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
- with sail on mast upset
* (make (a person) angry, distressed or unhappy''): ''See'' anger, distress ''and sadden
* disrupt, disturb, turn upside down
* (sense) invert, overturn, tip, tip over, tip up, turn over, turn upside down
* upset the applecart
* upset the natives
An act of sexual intercourse.
* John Betjeman, Group Life: Letchworth
- I took a tumble down the stairs and broke my tooth.
* 1979 , Martine, Sexual Astrology (page 219)
- Wouldn't it be jolly now, / To take our Aertex panters off / And have a jolly tumble in / The jolly, jolly sun?
- When you've just had a tumble between the sheets and are feeling rumpled and lazy, she may want to get up so she can make the bed.
* rough and tumble
* take a tumble
* tumble dryer
* give a tumble
(lb) To fall end over end.
*(Robert South) (1634–1716)
*:He who tumbles from a tower surely has a greater blow than he who slides from a molehill.
*:“Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.”
To perform gymnastics such as somersaults, rolls, and handsprings.
To roll over and over.
*1908 , (Kenneth Grahame), (The Wind in the Willows)
*:The two animals tumbled over each other in their eagerness to get inside, and heard the door shut behind them with great joy and relief.
(lb) To have sexual intercourse.
(lb) To smooth and polish a rough surface on relatively small parts.
To muss, to make disorderly; to tousle or rumple.
* tumble to