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    "an upset decision"

    "he was disqualified on an upset decision."

    does it mean that the decision of the judges led to a controversy and was a bit unfair?
    or that the disqualification was hard to take for the competitor?

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    Re: "an upset decision"

    In this context, the word 'upset' is used with its original meaning. A decision was made, but it was 'upset' (overturned).

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    Re: "an upset decision"

    In American English "sports talk," an upset is when the team who is not expected to win, wins. In some sports, winners are determined by judges' decisions (boxing, skating, gymnastics etc,). Therefore, an upset decision could mean that the judges disqualified a competitor who was expected to win easily.

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