boom-and-bust

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Definition of boom-and-bust 

: an alternation of prosperity and depression specifically : alternate periods of high and low levels of economic activity in the business cycle we're in for the biggest boom-and-bust … that we've ever seen — Hal Borland

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boom-and-bust adjective
… diversifying a local economy to make it less subject to boom-and-bust whiplash. — Douglas H. Chadwick, Audubon, November/December 1995

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