ups and downs

plural noun

Definition of ups and downs 

: alternating rise and fall especially in fortune

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Of course, there’s hard times and stuff … even in the beginning, just not sleeping, the nights, like, baby blues … and all the ups and downs. Stephanie Petit,, "Kim Kardashian West Says Kylie Jenner, 20, Is Her Go-to Mom for Parenting Advice," 3 July 2018 It's been a season full of ups and downs, personified this week by two teams -- the Oakland A's and Milwaukee Brewers -- who have a player in both of our categories. Lawr Michaels, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball sizzlers, fizzlers: Franklin Barreto coming of age," 26 June 2018 It’s written as a series of diary entries from the narrator, Ruth, who catalogues her dad’s ups and downs — and her own — after moving back in with her parents. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 New research shows that the CPI is slow to reflect changes in prices—and, equally important, understates the degree to which prices move up and down., "The Consumer Price Index May Be Getting Inflation Wrong," 2 May 2018 Of course there’s hard times and stuff… even in the beginning, just not sleeping, the nights, like, baby blues… and all the ups and downs. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner's First Magazine Shoot Since Giving Birth Has an Adorable Shout Out to Stormi," 2 May 2018 Bagley was the best player in the ACC this season, averaging 21 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while displaying a relentless motor up and down the court. David Murphy,, "NBA draft: Deandre Ayton leads crew of big-man prospects," 20 June 2018 The tagging followed several sightings up and down the coastline this month, from Nauset Beach to Provincetown. Steve Annear,, "Drone video shows shark eating seal off Cape Cod beach," 13 July 2018 Within the human body, up and down are forever engaged in a dance to the middle. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Ties in Biology, Trump-Pfizer Takeaways, Obamacare Navigator Cuts," 11 July 2018

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1659, in the meaning defined above

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