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Definition of "upside" []

  • The upper side or portion. (noun)
  • An advantageous aspect: the upsides and downsides of home ownership. (noun)
  • An upward tendency, as in business profitability or in the prices of a stock. (noun)
  • Slang On: "If you still didn't get it, well, sometimes you have to hit people upside the head ... to get their attention” ( Howie Carr). (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "upside" in a sentence
  • "He chose "Democracy" as his subject and turned the term upside down by declaring, "Who can blame Signor Mussolini for describing it as a putrefying corpse?""
  • "The inexperience obviously hurt the Aggies at times, though the upside is the potential the team could possess in 2010 as long as the newcomers get stronger in the weight room and improve on the field."
  • "Their conclusion, in what they call their upside scenario, projects an American unemployment rate down 2 percent from the baseline."