Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Probably from upset 'to set up, raise' (15-17 centuries)


2 verb
up‧set2 S2 past tense and past participle upset, present participle upsetting [transitive]

make somebody unhappy

to make someone feel unhappy or worried:
Don't do anything that would upset him.

change something

to change a plan or situation in a way that causes problems:
The chemicals upset the balance of the environment.

make something fall

to push something over without intending to:
He upset a bowl of soup.


to defeat an opponent who is considered to be much better than you:
Jones upset the 40th-ranked American, Cunningham.

upset the apple cart

informal to completely spoil someone's plans
upsetting adjective

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