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ups and downs

noun
1.
rises and falls of fortune; good and bad times:
Every business has its ups and downs.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60
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British Dictionary definitions for ups-downs

ups and downs

plural noun
1.
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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