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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

UPSIDES, adv. As in colloq. Eng., alongside, on a level, freq. in Sc. in phr. to be upside(s) wi, to be even or quits with, to be revenged on (Sc. 1787 J. Elphinston Propriety II. 103, 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1905 E.D.D.; Uls. 1953 Traynor). Gen.Sc.; occas. upsides doun (Cai., Abd. 1973). Also in Eng. dial.Sc. 1752 Scots Mag. (Sept. 1753) 454:
He did not care though he should be upsides with him.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xxxii.:
I'll be upsides wi' you, as sure as my name's Madge Wildfire.
Ayr. 1826 Galt Last of Lairds vii.:
I was determin't to be up-sides with them, for the way she had jiltit me.
Abd. 1874 W. Scott Dowie Nicht 53:
Speed 'im, bit I'se be upsides doon wi' 'im.
Kcb. 1897 Crockett Lad's Love ix.:
Waiting to be upsides wi' you for makin' love to their lasses.
Sh. 1918 T. Manson Peat Comm. 39:
Betty wis juist in a aet ta get een tu ta be upsides wi hir.
Sc. 1927 John Buchan Witch Wood 255:
One shilpit body in bands and a Geneva gown, the way things are guided now, is more powerful than a troop of horse and less easy to get upsides with.
Gsw. 1930 Neil Munro Erchie & Jimmy Swan (1993) 389:
For the love of Peter shave yoursel's clean like me, or start a moustache, or a Captain Kettle beard wi' a peak to't, and be upsides wi' modern civilisation.
Ags. 1932 Barrie Farewell J. Logan 49:
Knowing how ill it fares with a minister's usefulness if he does not keep upside with his flock.
Sc. 1960 Scotsman (16 March) 7:
His successor, an ardent Tory, got upsides with him and introduced Beaconsfield Terrace.
Sc. 1963 Neil Philip ed. The Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales (1995) 256:
When he heard that the laird of Fasnacloich had taken the land of his friends over their heads, he said 'I will be upsides with these men! I will see that a clod of land in Applin shall not be possessed by a Stewart.'
wm.Sc. 1980 Anna Blair The Rowan on the Ridge 49:
"Weel ... aye I am. I'm comin' on noo, and I've a notion to be upsides wi' Bryce and Will ... "
Gsw. 1984 James Kelman The Busconductor Hines 166:
You can just go along okay, keeping upsides the world, not doing anything except taking part in a low-key kind of manner; you go to your work and so forth, until getting punched in the fucking mouth.
Gsw. 1985 Anna Blair Tea at Miss Cranston's 67:
The sedate colours of the tiles in 'good' closes were ornament enough, but the hoi-polloi [sic] kept upsides with the bien by decorating the floors of their entries at the wall-edges with pipeclay scrolls carefully and precisely applied in designs peculiar to each close . . .
Abd. 1993:
He's a jealous body, aye likes tae be upsides doon wi eez neebors.
Per. 2004:
If ye dinnae hae the richt trainers ye'll no be upsides wi the rest of the bairns.

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