up·swing | \ˈəp-ˌswiŋ \

Definition of upswing 

1 : an upward swing

2 : a marked increase or improvement a dramatic upswing in profits often used in the phrase on the upswing her career is on the upswing

Examples of upswing in a Sentence

an upswing of the arms

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With trouble simmering in emerging markets such as Argentina and Turkey, the broadest upswing in the global economy in years looks a little vulnerable. Andrew Mayeda,, "Turbulent Week for Trump's Trade Tactics Puts the World on Edge," 24 May 2018 Teenagers might take a pill for fun – and end up swallowing one that's tainted with illicit fentanyl, the hugely potent opioid that's been blamed for the upswing in overdose deaths, Adams said. Terry Demio,, "U.S. surgeon general in Northern Kentucky: Yes, naloxone is enabling – enabling recovery," 9 Apr. 2018 For a while, things seem to be on the upswing for Cassius. Justin Chang,, "Review: Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' is an arrestingly surreal satire on class rage and cultural identity," 5 July 2018 Beijing might also be eager to tighten the funding taps for developers that have helped fuel a housing-market upswing that has lasted for three years. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "The Good Times Are Over for China’s Property Stocks," 28 June 2018 On April 22, no doubt in part a result of the upswing in news coverage, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced a series of multi-agency initiatives to address the state’s disparities in maternal and infant care. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Frustrating Year of Reporting on Black Maternal Health," 14 June 2018 Despite the rise in housing prices, the number of homes being built has not picked up to the levels of past upswings. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "How Trump’s Lumber Tariffs May Have Helped Increase Home Prices," 11 June 2018 The industry is on an upswing and a number of bigger chains have been on shopping sprees lately. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Rivals will jump at chance to buy Thorntons gas stations, analysts say," 1 June 2018 Will Rutgers stay on the upswing and can Baylor bounce back from the bottom? Orlando Sentinel,, "College football countdown discussion No. 94-88 - Episode 71," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of upswing

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of upswing

: a situation in which something is increasing or becoming better

: an upward swing


up·swing | \ˈəp-ˌswiŋ \

Kids Definition of upswing

: a great increase or rise an upswing in business

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