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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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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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