• Walter learns why Sidney is upset
    Walter learns why Sidney is upset
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj upset used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win "the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers"
    • adj upset thrown into a state of disarray or confusion "troops fleeing in broken ranks","a confused mass of papers on the desk","the small disordered room","with everything so upset"
    • adj upset afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief "too upset to say anything","spent many disquieted moments","distressed about her son's leaving home","lapsed into disturbed sleep","worried parents","a worried frown","one last worried check of the sleeping children"
    • adj upset having been turned so that the bottom is no longer the bottom "an overturned car","the upset pitcher of milk","sat on an upturned bucket"
    • adj upset mildly physically distressed "an upset stomach"
    • v upset disturb the balance or stability of "The hostile talks upset the peaceful relations between the two countries"
    • v upset defeat suddenly and unexpectedly "The foreign team upset the local team"
    • v upset form metals with a swage
    • v upset move deeply "This book upset me","A troubling thought"
    • v upset cause to lose one's composure
    • v upset cause to overturn from an upright or normal position "The cat knocked over the flower vase","the clumsy customer turned over the vase","he tumped over his beer"
    • n upset an improbable and unexpected victory "the biggest upset since David beat Goliath"
    • n upset the act of upsetting something "he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed"
    • n upset the act of disturbing the mind or body "his carelessness could have caused an ecological upset","she was unprepared for this sudden overthrow of their normal way of living"
    • n upset a tool used to thicken or spread metal (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging
    • n upset a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder","everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
    • n upset an unhappy and worried mental state "there was too much anger and disturbance","she didn't realize the upset she caused me"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Man O' War lost only one race in his career. It happened in 1919 to a horse named Upset.
    • a Upset Set up; fixed; determined; -- used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold. "After a solemn pause, Mr. Glossin offered the upset price for the lands and barony of Ellangowan."
    • n Upset The act of upsetting, or the state of being upset; an overturn; as, the wagon had an upset .
    • v. i Upset To become upset.
    • Upset To disturb the self-possession of; to disorder the nerves of; to make ill; as, the fright upset her.
    • Upset To overturn, overthrow, or overset; as, to upset a carriage; to upset an argument. "Determined somehow to upset the situation."
    • Upset To set up; to put upright. "With sail on mast upset ."
    • Upset To shorten (a tire) in the process of resetting, originally by cutting it and hammering on the ends.
    • Upset To thicken and shorten, as a heated piece of iron, by hammering on the end.
    • Upset (Basketwork) To turn upwards the outer ends of (stakes) so as to make a foundation for the side of a basket or the like; also, to form (the side) in this manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits do in fact make sounds. When angry, upset, or frightened, a rabbit makes a sort of grunting/whimpering sound. It's actually quite interesting.
    • n upset See the extract.
    • upset To set or place up.
    • upset To overturn; overthrow; overset, as a boat or a carriage; hence, figuratively, to throw into confusion; interfere with; spoil: as, to upset one's plans.
    • upset To put out of the normal state; put in disorder; of persons, to discompose completely; make nervous or irritable; overcome.
    • upset To shorten and thicken by hammering, as a heated piece of metal set up endwise: said also of the shortening and resetting of the tire of a wheel. Wire ropes are upset by doubling up the ends of the wires after they have been passed through the small end of a conical collar. After upsetting they are welded into a solid mass or soldered together.
    • upset To be overturned or upset.
    • n upset The act of upsetting, overturning, or severely discomposing, or the state of being upset; an overturn: as, the carriage had an upset; the news gave me quite an upset.
    • upset Set up; fixed; determined.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Kwoma of New Guinea consider it proper for the girl to make sexual advances rather than the boy in order to help the men avoid upsetting the girl's parents.
    • v.t Upset up-set′ to turn upside down: to overthrow
    • v.i Upset to be upset
    • n Upset an overturn
    • adj Upset relating to what is set up for sale, in phrase Upset price, the sum at which anything is started at a public sale
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  • Gil Atkinson
    Gil Atkinson
    “Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us.”
  • James G. Cozzens
    James G. Cozzens
    “A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.”
  • Cadman
    “A little experience often upsets a lot of theory.”
  • Jack Herbert
    Jack Herbert
    “Some of us are like wheelbarrows, only useful when pushed and easily upset.”
  • Ken Keyes Jr.
    Ken Keyes Jr.
    “To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.”
  • A Course In Miracles
    A Course In Miracles
    “I am never upset for the reason I think.”


Don't upset the applecart - If you are advised not to upset the applecart, you are being told not to disturb the way things are done because it might ruin things.
Upset the apple cart - If you upset the apple cart, you cause trouble and upset people.


In literature:

In the scuffle the little girl was trodden on, and the cradle clean upset.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
It's all I can do sometimes to smother my yawns, and not upset the whole class.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
We should take up your spare rooms, and prevent visitors, and upset the maids.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
She was indeed too much upset for words.
"Flaming June" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He had not allowed the letter to upset him.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Oh, how that little smile upset me!
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
I didn't mean to upset him.
"The Weathercock" by George Manville Fenn
One sea washed entirely over the last scow and nearly upset it.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
What was the sense of seeking to upset any orthodox beliefs he might happen to have inherited?
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
But do not do anything to upset my poor old Anna.
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes

In poetry:

A turn of chance
The nearest happenstance,
But move, if you're that
"He'S AboutT 22, I'm 63" by Helene M Johnson
The Lion is a kingly beast.
He likes a Hindu for a feast.
And if no Hindu he can get,
The lion-family is upset.
"Popcorn, Glass Balls, And Cranberries" by Vachel Lindsay
Singer, be sad and upset,
Love, and remember, and call,
Catch, from a dark planet sent,
Light and magnificent ball.
""I often shiver with cold"" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
And one king couldn't steer,
And the other, no more could he;
So they both upset
And they both got wet,
As wet as wet could be.
"Two Old Kings" by Carolyn Wells
"Shall any know, as we have known,
Thy rapture, terror, vaunting, fretting,
Profound despair, ecstatic tone,
Crowning of reason, and upsetting
Of reason's throne?
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Paradise, my darling, know that paradise,
The Prophet-given paradise after death,
Is far and very mysterious and most high;
My habits would be upset in such a place.
"Paradise" by Edward Powys Mathers

In news:

Colorado regulators upset about Xcel executives' expensive, high-flying ways.
Can Cirrus des Aigles Upset Bluebloods Again.
Any hopes of an upset were put to bed with an early onslaught by Davis, which ended Comanche 's season with a 59-14 victory.
On Friday at Wimbledon, Feliciano Lopez became known as the guy who upset eighth-seeded Andy Roddick 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the third round.
According to ABC News, the woman was upset that Barrett had conceded the race despite the fact that people were still trying to vote.
Rahy's Attorney Upsets Connaught Cup.
Copley registered 28 saves Friday in a 5-3 upset of then.
Neighbors of David Copley are upset about construction on his property.
People were upset around me.
Texas Gov Rick Perry could win a genuine Florida key lime pie if Dallas upsets Miami in the NBA Finals.
UCLA upset Nebraska 36-30 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
They're upset about the planned layoff of seven police officers come January.
The decision to use Krick's forecast greatly upset the US Weather Bureau and the American Meteorological Society, which considered him a fraud.
Today the co-CEO of RIM, Mike Lazaridis, got upset and cut short a BBC interview after the reporter asked him a (fair) question about the company's issues with security in India (see the video below).

In science:

Faccio, et al., Computational method to estimate Single Event Upset rates in accelerator environment , Nucl.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
An accretion rate of 10−7M⊙ yr−1 , as seen in the BA92 ob jects is high enough to upset the thermal balance of a T Tauri star, moving it back towards the birthline in a HR diagram (Tout et al. 1999).
Evidence for high accretion-rates in Weak-Line T Tauri stars?
However, once this ob jective is achieved, additional constraint terms that do not upset the asymptotic behaviour can be added freely to the right hand sides of (3.30) and (3.31).
Instanton constraints in supersymmetric gauge theories II. N=2 Yang-Mills theory
A) The effective graviton must have a mass that is very small (probably of the order of the inverse horizon size) in order not to be upset by current data.
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
Data following FICM and other nonaffine equivariant versions of model (2) can severely upset standard, affine equivariant robust procedures.
Propagation of outliers in multivariate data