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up-end (third-person singular simple present up-ends, present participle up-ending, simple past and past participle up-ended)

  1. To turn (something) upside down, to invert (something).
    • 1981, Horst Ruthrof, The Reader's Construction of Narrative[1], →ISBN, page 167:
      We see his shoulders strain as he up-ends the coffin and slides it single-handed from the saw-horses.
    • 2001, Jonathan Francis Bennett, “Chapter 3: Descarte's Physics”, in Learning from Six Philosophers: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume[2], →ISBN, page 58:
      Take a long tube full of mercury and up-end it with its open end in a pool of mercury, and, Torricelli found, some but not all of the mercury flows out of the tube
    • 2007, Bonnie Kime Scott, Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections, →ISBN, page 55:
      She turned on all the lights, swung the closed suitcase up to the table, shoved the table against the wall, up-ended the suitcase so that its leather side presented a smooth surface, and propped a firm sheet of white cardboar against the inpromptu rack.

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