ups and downs

plural noun

Definition of ups and downs

: alternating rise and fall especially in fortune

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Along with his six men, many of whom are Broadway dancers by day, the entire Ancient Egyptian–inspired crew practiced lifting Porter up and down while marching in unison. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Watch Billy Porter Become a Glittering “Sun God” for the Met Gala," 8 May 2019 When your child is awake, take brief strolls up and down the aisle of the plane. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How To Survive a Long-Haul Flight With Kids, According to An Emirates Flight Attendant," 29 Apr. 2019 There were some ups and downs between these two, mainly because of their 12-year age gap, but the couple has been all smiles on social media. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Will There Be a 'Selling Sunset' Season 2? The Cast Has Some Thoughts," 15 Apr. 2019 Through the ups and downs, the rest of the Brown family has stood by his side and supported his sobriety journey. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Matt Brown Says Life 'Keeps Getting Better' After Rehab," 14 Apr. 2019 Birds do it by moving the whole wing , and so does a cyclocopter, but the movement is in a circular pattern, which is mechanically simpler than flapping up and down. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 Advertising Jordan Poole had his ups and downs but was the team’s second-leading scorer and shot 37 percent from long distance. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Another Sweet 16 for Michigan, but no further glory," 29 Mar. 2019 Because of the fluid nature of malware and how AV apps responds to it, the best solutions often move up and down the rankings. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Recent antivirus tests are bad news for paid security suites," 30 Jan. 2019 That's especially true with money, since time can be one of your greatest assets, allowing you to ride out the ups and downs of the markets and benefit from compounding interest and market growth. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Only Money Hacks You Need to Save Big in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019

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1659, in the meaning defined above

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