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 Topsy.Toralva. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Topsy-turvy.
 
Upside down. (Anglo-Saxon, top side turn-aweg.) As Shakespeare says, “Turn it topsy-turvy down.” (1 Henry IV., iv. 1.) (See HALF-SEAS OVER.)   1
 


 Topsy.Toralva. 

 
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