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adverb British English pronunciation: upstairs /ʌpˈsteə(r)z/

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  1. on an upper level of a building with stairs

    The children are upstairs in bed.

    Do you know who lives in the flat upstairs?

    1. a.
      up a set of stairs to an upper level of a building
      go/come upstairs:

      I'm going upstairs for a siesta.

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 British English pronunciation: upstairs  adjective

an upstairs window

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Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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