Adjective "upset" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Make (someone) unhappy, disappointed, or worried.
  1. 'a painful and upsetting divorce'
  2. 'In sixth grade, Landon's parents got divorced and it really upset him.'
  3. 'The lessons were free, so I'm not worried about upsetting anyone.'
  4. 'I've seen reports this last week that have upset me when people in the media have called this guy names.'
  5. 'We were constantly walking on eggshells because we were worried about upsetting him in case it would cause a situation.'
  6. 'She was so brisk and to the point that Fred felt uneasy and worried she might upset her when she had to tell her she didn't really know where Angel's car was found.'
  7. 'The girl seems worried about upsetting him or making him angry.'
  8. 'It upsets me that people who don't know him personally can judge him.'
  9. 'You can tell if this is your problem by answering these questions: Does criticism or disapproval upset you?'
  10. 'We know how much these things matter to you - how it upsets you that most people in Washington won't even return your calls anymore.'
  11. 'Even the fall of the ninth wicket failed to upset him.'
Knock (something) over.
  1. 'Her new paint jar was upset, along with the chair lying side ways on the floor.'
  2. 'A few minutes later, the ship trembled slightly, enough to make one lose their balance, but not enough to upset anything.'
Cause disorder in; disrupt.
  1. 'We read regularly about the horrors that can befall our planet if we upset the fine ecological balance.'
  2. 'Thus, the traditional ‘balance’ of offensive and defensive weapons could eventually be upset.'
  3. 'I know both are extreme examples, but they demonstrate how easy the balance can be upset by careless dismissal or rework of crucial elements.'
  4. 'Mankind has become like a plague to the planet, it offers it no ecological benefit, and upsets the existing ecological equilibrium.'
  5. 'I think this has the potential to upset the whole system.'
  6. 'While birds of prey had once played an important role in maintaining the balance of nature, that balance had been upset when human hunters arrived on the scene.'
  7. 'Meanwhile other developments threatened to upset the fragile strategic nuclear balance.'
  8. 'Our culture seems amazingly adept at devouring what might harm or upset it.'
  9. 'The press cannot get enough of any new development that might upset that balance, and detonate an explosion.'
  10. 'Long hours and late hours could upset the ‘work-life balance’, especially when there are inadequate support systems.'
  11. 'the motion of the boat would upset his stomach'
  12. 'While garlic upsets Dad's stomach, it just deprives me of sleep.'
  13. 'There are certain medications that upset the stomach while others affect the mouth or throat which may make it difficult for the patient to eat.'
  14. 'But use the oil judiciously; too much may upset your stomach.'
  15. 'All that concentration upset his stomach all over again.'
  16. 'If it upsets your stomach, reduce the dosage and consume it with a meal.'
  17. 'Eating and exercising at the same time is more likely to upset your stomach than it is to motivate you.'
  18. 'Razi took only the minimal food requirement, not wanting to upset her stomach on the ship.'
  19. 'Americans often believe that hot spices upset the stomach.'
  20. 'Recommended dosage is one lozenge every 2 hours, preferably with food, since zinc sometimes upsets the stomach.'
  21. 'Some people find that certain types of food upset their bowels and they may need to adjust their diet accordingly.'
Shorten and thicken the end or edge of (a metal bar, wheel rim, or other object), especially by hammering or pressure when heated.
  1. 'Pressure is then applied and the arcs are extinguished and upsetting occurs.'


An unexpected result or situation.
  1. 'The Puerto Rican men's basketball team inflicted one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history today.'
  2. 'And it's being described as one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history.'
  3. 'Investment is the main outstanding issue, especially now as a result of Turkey's present economic upsets.'
  4. 'Germany sprang one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history in 1954 when they overcame Hungary, who had been unbeaten for four years.'
  5. 'The team started off the season with a shocking upset over the University of Manitoba, a team that hadn't lost since 1999.'
  6. 'Others argue that the two-week interim since the semi-final stage allowed bands to do so much work on their selections that an upset could result.'
  7. 'If you have a family, you have a responsibility to protect them against the unexpected upsets of life.'
  8. 'Her defeat was the biggest upset so far at the Edmonton championships.'
  9. 'It is believed a firm upset by the situation were trying to get back equipment locked in the plant.'
  10. 'Various national upsets within the party, specifically revelations that one politician was on a list of tax defaulters, had also marred the image of the party and of politicians as a whole.'
The state of being unhappy, disappointed, or worried.
  1. '‘She went to bed feeling upset, shocked and sick,’ Mr Murphy said.'
  2. 'This may bring along depression and anxiety as a result of the upset caused by the floods.'
  3. 'The mother of a 10-year-old boy has spoken of her shock and upset after she found out her son had been excluded from school via a text message from his headmaster.'
  4. 'Christine, who now works at Woodhead Brothers, Colne, broke down as she heard the verdict and said she was looking forward to getting back to a normal life after ten months of worry and upset and the threat of jail.'
  5. 'Walking over, his face showed rising worry and upset.'
  6. 'Anyone who has ever come home to the sick feeling of being broken into will know that this is a crime that can cause lasting upset and unease.'
  7. 'Teenage troublemakers who are causing upset in a corner of Morecambe are being warned against inflicting further misery on residents.'
  8. 'However, due to the shock of the experience and the upset caused to the young boy, the pair cut their holiday short and returned home.'
  9. 'Joy said that insufficient sleep, alcohol consumption and emotional upsets can increase the severity of the symptoms.'
  10. 'Solicitors for both told the court of their emotional upset because their lifestyle had made them failures as parents.'
A disturbance of a person's digestive system.
  1. 'Side effects are relatively uncommon and include mild stomach upset, headache, insomnia or skin rash.'
  2. 'Many stomach upsets are simply caused because our bodies are not used to exotic or spicy foods.'
  3. 'Digestive upsets are easily caused by emotional tension, and pessimism can be a real problem.'
  4. 'Many find that taking the drug with food reduces digestive upset.'
  5. 'As babies are susceptible to digestive upsets, always work with clean hands and use clean cooking utensils, preparation surfaces, pots and pans etc., when making home made baby food.'
  6. 'It is characterised by dizziness, nausea (feeling sick) and a stomach upset.'
  7. 'High doses of vitamin B6 can cause nerve damage, while excessive amounts of vitamin D can lead to muscle weakness, stomach upsets, kidney stones and growth problems in children.'
  8. 'There are possible side-effects including nausea, stomach upsets and stomach ulcers.'
  9. 'There are now 41 patients suffering from the illness which causes stomach upsets and diarrhoea, a drop of six on yesterday's total.'
  10. 'Sir Edward was being treated in Salzburg for a minor stomach upset when the pulmonary embolism was discovered.'


Unhappy, disappointed, or worried.
  1. 'I got these nasty text messages from my so-called friends and I was really upset about it.'
  2. 'Launching a staunch defence of his actions, Mr Ferris said that he and his family were deeply upset and angry at the inference made in the front-page report in the Sunday World.'
  3. 'She was crying and apparently she was very upset.'
  4. 'I was upset and distraught - I had no one around who could give me some support - but very quickly I got angry and sent an email to Geoff Hoon complaining about the decision.'
  5. 'Her eyes were red from crying, and her brothers looked worried, yet upset and angry.'
  6. 'Limpopo farmers, who have been particularly hard hit by the drought, are extremely upset about the decision.'
  7. 'I was quite upset about the article on pilots' salaries.'
  8. 'Manufacturers are also upset about the decline of the tradition.'
  9. 'The upset father said he was not only worried about the physical injuries but also the mental trauma that would probably plague the boy for years to come.'
  10. 'There are many in the party who are desperately and bitterly upset about what happened to Simon Crean, so they are not happy about having to choose another leader.'
(of a person's stomach) having disturbed digestion, especially because of something eaten.
  1. 'The spokesman said that visitors can also be asked not to take fruit on to the ward if patients are suffering from upset stomachs.'
  2. 'Plus, having food in your belly can lower your chances of upset stomach, which vitamins can sometimes cause.'
  3. '‘Some antibiotics tend to upset the stomach so if you take them with food there is more of a chance you would suffer an upset stomach,’ he said.'
  4. 'Avoid raw vegetables (like salads) and fruits (especially citrus), which are difficult for an upset stomach to digest.'
  5. 'However, its side effects consist of tiredness, upset stomach, nervousness, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.'
  6. 'An upset stomach stopped him from training on Tuesday and Wednesday but he is back in action now.'
  7. 'It was later explained that she had been suffering from an upset stomach.'
  8. 'The same goes for greasy foods, which can be difficult to digest and can cause upset stomach and heartburn.'
  9. 'She said Kieran had not gone to school that day because he had an upset stomach and new braces on his teeth were hurting.'
  10. 'It costs pennies, and its side effect is an upset stomach.'


1. to overturn: to upset a pitcher of milk.

2. to disturb mentally or emotionally; perturb: The incident upset her.

3. to disturb or derange completely; put out of order; throw into disorder: to upset a system; to upset a mechanism; to upset an apartment.

4. to disturb physically: It upset his stomach.

5. to defeat or overthrow an opponent that is considered more formidable, as in war, politics, or sports.

6. Metalworking. to thicken t

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be upset about people."

"people can be upset by letters."

"people can be upset at times."

"people can be upset at things."

"people can be upset about things."

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