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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 of up-and-down
1610-1620
1610-20
Related forms
up-and-downness, noun
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  • It was a two-man pump and was worked by an up-and-down "brake."

    Hiram The Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd
  • He's an up-and-down willian, and a body can make no more, nor any less of him.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • My business is a random and up-and-down one, but no one can call it disreputable; and if you went against it, I would throw it up.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • This spring is powerful enough to run a rickety, "up-and-down" saw-mill.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe Nathaniel H. Bishop
  • This up-and-down motion of the piston causes continuous rotation of the wheel L.

    General Science Bertha M. Clark
  • I have got a sort of up-and-down and round-and-round feeling.

    Daddy's Girl L. T. Meade
  • Had an up-and-down row with Jack, my older brother, and turned him out.

    Making Money Owen Johnson
  • But say, I'm glad all that roulette and stuff was for the up-and-down stage and not on the level.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
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 someone's alley

Related Terms

down someone's alley

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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