ups and downs

plural noun

Definition of ups and downs

: alternating rise and fall especially in fortune

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Run your feet up and down as fast as possible, lifting them only a few inches off the floor. SELF, "Lower-Body Dumbbell Workout," 31 Dec. 2018 But the best cameo in the end was the toddler who waved at the audience the entire time he was carried up and down the runway by his mom who modeled for Marine Serre this past September. Vogue, "Vogue Editors on Their Favorite Runway Cameos of the Year," 30 Dec. 2018 This transition took place as the economy improved, but the narrative is much more complicated than designers dialing things up and down in time to economic fluctuations. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 Shaw, a corporate attorney, paid for the pup to have his leg repaired with surgery and then found Grateful Doggies, an organization that moves rescue dogs up and down the East Coast, to transport the pup up to her horse farm in Maine. Fox News, "Dog rescued by cyclist in Georgia finds forever home with woman in Maine," 19 July 2018 Given the way self-interest is built into the competition, the quality of play is understandably up and down—teams don’t have much time to mesh, and there’s internal competition for minutes and shots that can lead to bad games. Jeremy Woo,, "Lottery Picks, Key Returners and Summer League Storylines to Watch," 6 July 2018 Slater jumps up and down and starts laughing the laugh of a man who has changed his sport forever. Matt Warshaw, Outside Online, "The Dominance of Kelly Slater," 5 July 2018 And their son, Isaiah, watched from the stands, jumping up and down and cheering for his mom. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Posted an Incredibly Sweet Video of Her Son Watching Her Sing," 1 May 2018 When final scores were announced on Saturday, students on the winning teams erupted in cheers, hugged each other, jumped up and down, and shared high-fives. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "FIRST World Robotics: Kalamazoo, Clarkston teams share world win," 28 Apr. 2018

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1659, in the meaning defined above

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