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Upset Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    upset adj
  1. 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" [syn: disquieted, distressed, disturbed, worried]
  2. 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" [syn: broken, confused, disordered]
  3. used of an unexpected defeat of a team favored to win; "the Bills' upset victory over the Houston Oilers" [syn: upset(a)]
  4. mildly physically distressed; "an upset stomach"
  5. 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" [syn: overturned, upturned] n
  6. an unhappy and worried mental state; "there was too much anger and disturbance"; "she didn't realize the upset she caused me" [syn: disturbance, perturbation]
  7. 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" [syn: derangement, overthrow]
  8. 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" [syn: disorder]
  9. a tool used to thicken or spread (the end of a bar or a rivet etc.) by forging or hammering or swaging [syn: swage]
  10. the act of upsetting something; "he was badly bruised by the upset of his sled at a high speed" [syn: overturn, turnover]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Upset'


An upset occurs in a competition, frequently in electoral politics or sports, when the party popularly expected to win (the favorite), is defeated by an underdog whom the majority expects to lose, defying the conventional wisdom. The underdog then becomes a giant-killer.

The meaning of the word has popularly been attributed to the surprising defeat of the horse Man o' War by the horse Upset (the loss was the only one in Man o' War's career, though Man o' War later defeated Upset), though the term pre-dates that 1919 race.

In 2002, George Thompson, a lexicographic researcher, used the full-text online search capabilities of the New York Times databases to trace the usage of the verb to upset and the noun upset. The latter was seen in usage as early as 1877. Thompson's research debunked one popular theory of the term's origin, namely that it was first used after the Thoroughbred racehorse Upset became the only horse to defeat the legendary Man o' War in 1919.

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* Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another. - George Bernard Shaw

* Why not upset the apple cart If you don't, the apples will rot anyway. - Frank A. Clark

* Broken promises don't upset me. I just think, why did they believe me - Jack Handey Deep Thoughts


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Upset Sample Sentences in News


  • Is this the best stock market statement ever?
    'It is foolish to upset those that provide you with finance' - department store chain Beales in spectacular falling out with biggest shareholder Panther Securities, which funds UKIP Read more on this news related to 'Upset'
  • Upset Husband Creates Spreadsheet Documenting Reasons Wife Has Refused To Have Sex
    Tired of his wife turning him down for sex, a husband took all the dates when he was refused over the past month, and all of the corresponding excuses, and put them into Excel spreadsheet - which he then emailed his wife. Read more on this news related to 'Upset'
  • 'Fix My Streets' holding meeting to voice concerns
    Residents upset with the condition of dilapidated streets around the New Orleans area now have an opportunity to speak out. Read more on this news related to 'Upset'

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