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ups and downs

plural noun
rises and falls of fortune; good and bad times:
Every business has its ups and downs.
Origin of ups and downs
1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mango growers have suffered financial ups and downs.
  • My father's all right, he's known all sorts of ups and downs himself.
  • Why he went, what he did there, and all about his ups and downs.
  • Obviously they've had there ups and downs, booms and busts, over the years.
  • The awareness of your mental and emotional stage is the key for liberation from the extreme ups and downs.
  • In the interim, it has had its ups and downs, but the overall trend has been negative.
  • In fact, for all its ups and downs, after four months of action it's ended up pretty much where it started.
  • Hear her talk about the ups and downs experienced en route to realizing her life dream.
  • We can see the ups and downs, the ridges, the ledges of the sea bottom.
  • Natural populations don't tend to demonstrate the dramatic ups and downs of exponential population growth.
British Dictionary definitions for ups and downs

ups and downs

plural noun
alternating periods of good and bad fortune, high and low spirits, etc
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ups and downs

Good times and bad times, successes and failures, as in We've had our ups and downs but things are going fairly well now. This term was first recorded in 1659.
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