\ ˌəp-ən(d)-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce up-and-down (audio) , ˌəp-ᵊm- \

Definition of up-and-down

 (Entry 1 of 2)
1 : marked by alternate upward and downward movement, action, or surface

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Definition of up and down (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to and fro paced up and down
2 : so as to move upward and then downward repeatedly jumping up and down
3 archaic : here and there especially throughout an area
4 : with regard to every particular : thoroughly knew the territory up and down

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up and down preposition

Examples of up-and-down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Getting contributions up and down the roster, the Gophers women's basketball team ended a two-game losing streak with a gritty 73-63 victory over Nebraska Wednesday at Williams Arena. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Gophers women's basketball gets back on winning track, beats Nebraska 73-63," 24 Feb. 2021 Even with injuries, the Bulls roster (oddly) has some depth, at least with players up and down the roster with a skill set that is useful for winning basketball games. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, "3 takeaways from the Chicago Bulls’ 4th win in 5 games, including that 46-point 3rd quarter and Coby White playing off the ball more," 23 Feb. 2021 Indeed, storefronts up and down Newbury Street and other downtown retail districts are still empty as the pandemic approaches the one-year mark. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge rules restaurant can’t be forced to pay rent for the months it was ordered closed during pandemic," 11 Feb. 2021 The idea of a parade-less Mardi Gras due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic left most Louisianans feeling lost without the thought of marching up and down Bourbon Street with friends and beads in hand. Brittney Forbes | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "How the New Orleans float house phenomenon began and where it's spreading worldwide," 7 Feb. 2021 The clues of what the pandemic had wrought were up and down our street. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "On my street in Rome, the coronavirus upended two worlds," 23 Dec. 2020 Though last year’s No. 3 pick, R.J. Barrett, flashed some promise, New York has holes up and down its roster. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "2020 NBA mock draft: Predicting what will happen with the lottery picks," 16 Nov. 2020 His visitors drove up and down Broadway Street in neighboring Frederick County, to pay their respects. Penelope Blackwell, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Scientist, teacher, author and veteran, Sykesville native Warren Dorsey celebrates centennial birthday," 16 Nov. 2020 Officers responded to the area after residents located various pieces of mail belonging to other area residents laying up and down the street on Hedwig Road. Chron, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of up-and-down


circa 1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of up-and-down was in the 12th century

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“Up-and-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up-and-down. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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\ ˌəp-ənd-ˈdau̇n \

Kids Definition of up-and-down

1 : switching between upward and downward movement or action
2 : perpendicular entry 1 sense 1 an up-and-down post

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