American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Alternating periods of good and bad fortune or spirits.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. [Colloq.] alternate states of elevation and depression, or of prosperity and the contrary.
““Grief is anything but linear, and my data showing consistent ups and downs are obviously in conflict with stage theory,” Bisconti told me.”
“And my husband, Zenji, who has always been there through the hellish ups and downs of my health challenges and by being there has made all the difference.”
“The Association was a reunion when all the ministers of the county met together and spent a social day with the minister, dining together, and passing their time in brotherly converse, such as reading essays, comparing sermons, taking counsel with each other in all the varied ups and downs of their pastoral life.”
“TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Ali Farokhmanesh has been around long enough to understand the ups and downs of the Missouri Valley, a conference that for years has been one of the best of the so-called mid-majors.”
“My life with Linux: Day 1 - The daily ups and downs of switching to open source My life with Linux special edition: Going back to Linux with Ubuntu Netbook Remix Haymarket Media.”
“For numerous examples of assemblers sharing ups and downs with suppliers, see Nishiguchi, “Strategic Dualism,” pp.”
“Philippe Bridau, the mother's favourite of the two boys, enters the army, sees Waterloo, and, after, leads the life of an adventurer, with its ups and downs of fortune.”
“The ups and downs of raising a bipolar child : a survival guide for parents / Judith Lederman, Candida Fink.”
“A by-road not much travelled led to the grave-yard, and led off from it over the broken country, following the ups and downs of the ground to a long distance away, without a moving thing upon it in sight near or far.”
“The rest we hid in the straw loft, for there are many ups and downs in life, and grub is grub at any time, and so are stores of all kinds.”
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