up·​swing | \ ˈəp-ˌswiŋ How to pronounce upswing (audio) \

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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The poll suggests a substantial upswing for Harris and a notable decline for the former vice president. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Joe Biden, Kamala Harris in virtual tie for Democratic nomination, new poll shows," 2 July 2019 But Boone has kept the Yankees on an upswing despite a relentless stream of injuries. Peter Abraham,, "Baseball’s award winners at midway point of season," 29 June 2019 Midtown has been on an upswing over the past two decades, especially following Euclid Avenue’s makeover in 2008 as $200 million bus rapid transit HealthLine operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. Steven Litt,, "Cleveland Foundation plans to relocate from Playhouse Square to Midtown, despite legal tussle over site," 28 June 2019 Wednesday's upswing follows a weak market performance Tuesday. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks set to rebound after Mnuchin spurs trade optimism," 26 June 2019 But that was at a time when the team was on the upswing and there seemed little real question something would eventually get done. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks mailbag: How good is the new OL? Who will pass rush? Are Carroll, Schneider on the hot seat?," 24 July 2018 Scientists have tracked the fishery there since 1948, through numerous upswings and downswings. Quanta Magazine, "A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction," 13 Oct. 2015 Popped lotus and water lily seeds Close on the heels of that puffed snack trend is another interesting ingredient that’s on the upswing: lotus seeds. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "10 food trends you’ll soon be seeing everywhere in 2019," 26 June 2019 The economy, in other words, is enjoying an upswing now, but may pay a price for it down the road. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The Tax Cut’s Economic Impact," 15 Feb. 2019

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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


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Kids Definition of upswing

: a great increase or rise an upswing in business

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