[ UK /ʌpˈɛnd/ ]
  1. set, turn, or stand on end
    upend the box and empty the contents
  2. become turned or set on end
    the airplanes upended
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How To Use upend In A Sentence

  • Aviation regulators closed roughly 80% of European airspace during the Easter holiday, stranding millions of people and upending global commerce. Sky Wars: Europe Battles to Erase Borders in the Air
  • The Italian was quite stupendous. Times, Sunday Times
  • Victorian propriety is an important element of the story, the atmosphere to be upended over and over by slapstick action and sudden death. Archive 2008-02-01
  • They're stupendously boring goody-goodies who are permanently belting out power ballads. The Sun
  • Next to that outcome, Pyrrhus won a stupendous triumph. Russia
  • This is the first bike that will exploit the Renovatio's frameless concept: The 132-cubic-inch, S&S-built engine is a load-bearing structural element, suspended like a girder between the stupendous front engine mount and rear pivot. The Master of Machine-Age Motorcycles
  • There he cut a memorable figure with his red sash, billowing white shirt and stupendous head of crisp wavy hair. The Times Literary Supplement
  • The government now is looking at unprecedented public-sector layoffs and cuts in civil-service perks, steps that could reshape Greek political culture by upending decades of cozy ties between the ruling Socialist party and a core constituency. Greek Officials Scramble to Find More Cuts
  • She will lampoon "Cameron's stupendously inane soundbite about a security fightback being followed by a social fightback" and claim the prime minister's vision for dealing with socially excluded people is "the idea of ghettoes, where the undeserving poor can be kept and contained through heavy policing, CCTV surveillance and the use of benefits as a stick to intimidate. Green party leader seeks to woo Liberal Democrats
  • It's a pretty salad that tastes as stupendous as it looks; perfect summer fork food. Times, Sunday Times
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