Meaning of topsy-turviness in English:



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‘The contrast between the Stowe / Lincoln and Truth / Lincoln meetings also sets up the metaphor of topsy-turviness.’
  • ‘A more radical example of my topsy-turviness: I fell in love briefly with a nature photographer I met at this same crafts fair.’
  • ‘The toddlers made fascinating subjects with their bewildered reactions to the topsy-turviness around them.’
  • ‘Much of ‘Topsy-Turvy’'s topsy-turviness does sort itself out with repeated viewings.’
  • ‘Really, the topsy-turviness of the world is terrible.’
  • ‘The Cardinals have proven that in this season of topsy-turviness at every possible turn, the best way to rectify embarrassment is to come out and play with passion the following week.’
  • ‘If the season hasn't already turned your life upside down, you now have a chance to experience its topsy-turviness in true medieval spirit.’
  • ‘And aside from it's topsy-turviness for European speakers, Japanese grammar is also consistent and relatively straightforward.’
  • ‘These minor miracles of topsy-turviness start with a layer of fruit (most often canned pineapple) in a sweet, syrupy, buttery glaze in the bottom of a heavy pan or skillet.’
  • ‘He makes a persuasive case that the invasion was an instance of ideological topsy-turviness - liberal interventionism, the opposite of conservative isolationism.’
  • ‘The genius of this dark magic is its topsy-turviness.’
  • ‘It's a waste of time to read such topsy-turviness.’
  • ‘Frank certainly didn't reinvent the wheel, but this book has been the most comprehensive and enjoyable explanation of the last few decades’ topsy-turviness in politics.’
  • ‘In effect, one begins to sense that what is seen or heard cannot be believed; the topsy-turviness of the whole Malanka event is this suspension of normalcy; abnormalacy, absurdity, and anomaly take over.’
  • ‘Her tour de force in taking Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin as a metaphor for the topsy-turviness of women's writing characterizes her own relation to the tradition of women's literary criticism: she contributes to the tradition all the while turning it inside out and upside down.’
  • ‘The sculptures depict the clothed human figure, in poses that suggest discomfiture or topsy-turviness, which are meant to emphasize the duality between accident and control that is a fundamental aspect of the human experience.’
  • ‘The upper classes drew upon traditional elite cultural forms of festival, drama and play, and their associated processes of topsy-turviness, role switching and subversion to attempt to revivify a dying social order.’
  • ‘The countercultural Christian position is laid out in all its topsy-turviness, with its opposition to killing, its failure to be impressed by ambition, and its striving, however imperfect, for social equality.’
  • ‘As the boy rises, he stumbles, falls into the mirror, somehow pushes himself away, now he feels how strange things are, all topsy-turvy, and it's not just the rocking, because the topsy-turviness doesn't go away, it doesn't swing back in the other direction, as it should, but stays the same.’
  • ‘The plot of the novel, like most by Wodehouse, is somewhat difficult to synopsize, being so incident rich, so filled with misunderstandings, reversals, topsy-turviness that a thumbnail sketch renders such a monstrous injustice.’