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 Through the ups and downs, Borman always remained a loyal resident of Detroit. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2022 But watching the team go through the ups and downs and being unable to help avoid a second-half tumble wasn’t easy. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 16 Apr. 2022 The junior left wing, who has scored more than 100 career points, is someone who can steady the Spartans through the ups and downs of the season. Kat Cornetta,, 15 Feb. 2022 Unstoppable has 20 chapters that navigate through the ups and downs of your personal and professional life. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2022 Knitting scarves is a hobby that’s given 95-year-old Joan Christine Barrera joy through the ups and downs of a life filled with war, disappointment and, most importantly, love. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Dec. 2021 Helping maintain a positive outlook through the ups and downs of athletic competition is something brother and sister, who have instructed more than 100 clients, help with as well. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 To get your middle involved in this routine, created for Health by Duana (@damnduana), breathedeep through the ups and downs of each move. Mallory Creveling,, 5 Nov. 2021 Moonlynn helps Yin with her podcast, and Yin has buoyed Moonlynn through the ups and downs of restaurant life. Crystal Hana Kim, Glamour, 2 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ups and downs

1659, in the meaning defined above

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“Ups and downs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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