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up-and-down

[uhp-uh n-doun] /ˈʌp ənˈdaʊn/
adjective
1.
moving alternately up and down:
the up-and-down swing of levers; an up-and-down tune.
2.
having an uneven surface:
up-and-down countryside.
3.
changeable:
up-and-down luck.
4.
perpendicular or nearly so:
a straight up-and-down hillside.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20
Related forms
up-and-downness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for up-and-down

up-and-down

adjective
1.
moving, executed, or formed alternately upwards and downwards
2.
(mainly US) very steep; vertical
adverb, preposition
3.
backwards and forwards (along)
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Slang definitions & phrases for up-and-down

up-and-down

noun

A close look; scrutiny: The tray-toter gave me the slow up-and-down

[1924+; found by 1820 in Byron's Don Juan, ''a survey up and down'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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