1. turning upside down; setting on end
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  • 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 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
  • Now, political observers say, there's little chance the embattled congressman will pursue Gracie Mansion, upending the field of hopefuls looking to replace Mr. Bloomberg. Weiner Upends Mayoral Field
  • Will upending the old way of searching for the Dalai Lama's incarnation, in which priests search for omens, portents and meteorological signs, undermine the legitimacy of his successor?
  • The courts, which believe that they are the only ones that get to reverse court decisions, might also prove hostile to the idea of upending Brand X on the mere promise of a "good reason. CNET News.com
  • The emergence of this cohort of high-earning young women and the increasing number of female breadwinners are transforming gender relationships, upending patterns of matchmaking, marriage and motherhood, creating a new conflict between the sexes, redefining the word "breadwinner" and inspiring tracts on the leveling of men's roles. NYT > Home Page
  • What elevates "Victim" above the preachy is the director's sustained upending of cinematic convention and the film's wealth of strong performances in roles large and small—starting with affecting portrayals by Bogarde and Sylvia Syms, as his patient but conflicted wife. Lessons Without Lectures
  • Almost worse, he says, was the insult of troops upending ashtrays, of throwing his clothes on the floor and stepping on them, and of smashing open suitcases they could easily have opened.
  • The Obama campaign’s use of the Internet has been cited as playing a large role in upending how presidential races are fought. How Obama’s Internet Campaign Changed Politics - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
  • They are upending politics in their states, reshaping the national political debate and, in some states, igniting protests:•Ohio Gov. New governors face big battles
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