ups and downs

plural noun

Definition of ups and downs

: alternating rise and fall especially in fortune

Examples of ups and downs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dan Mann thinks it’s because our recent climate has been too stable, at least when compared to the wacky ups and downs of the last ice age. Anchorage Daily News, "What killed the world’s giants?," 23 Nov. 2019 Darby jumped up and down at midfield with his teammates as fans flocked the field. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Sun Devils pull stunner, upset No. 6 Oregon," 23 Nov. 2019 Going through the ups and downs and staying true to your principles anyway will help weather the KO’s. Mike Lee, Quartz at Work, "How boxing helps me cope with life’s knockouts," 20 Nov. 2019 Before the Kiva robot, e-commerce employees in warehouses had to walk up and down long aisles, to retrieve goods from shelves. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Amazon wants to ship you anything in 30 minutes. It's going to need a lot of robots," 20 Nov. 2019 Tell had his ups and downs in training camp, part of learning a new position. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Marvell Tell, Quincy Wilson go on divergent paths, but might be needed vs. Texans," 19 Nov. 2019 If natural climate cycles can cause such major changes in global wind speeds, the industry should plan for potential ups and downs. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "The World’s Winds Are Speeding Up," 19 Nov. 2019 Catalyst stock has been bouncing up and down, but some Wall Street analysts are giving the company the benefit of the doubt. Ed Silverman, STAT, "A drug maker courted controversy when it shut out a family-run rival. Now some patients say the medicine isn’t working," 15 Nov. 2019 But superimposed on that drift are abrupt, shorter-term changes, up and down, which have a variety of possible causes. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The ghosts of ancient hurricanes live in Caribbean blue holes," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ups and downs

1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Ups and downs.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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