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  • Used to indicate increase.
  • Used to indicate higher position or direction, literally or figuratively.


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From Middle English, from Old English ūp- ("up-"), from ūp ("up, from above"). Cognate with Dutch op- ("up-"), German auf- ("up-"). More at up.


  • So-called structural budget deficits, adjusted for economic up- and downturns, are to be capped at 0.5% of gross domestic product.

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  • Acceleration either up- or downhill means more rehab.

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  • "We thought, 'If we're replacing someone who is older, we might be better off getting an up- and-coming player, preferably a pianist because pianists are very popular with our audiences,'" Mr. Fogg recalled.

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  • But only is a relative concept when at any moment a capricious up-, down-, or cross-draft might have dashed the dangling deputy against the side of the cliff or sent the helicopter spiraling into the ravine.


  • A brisk walk down to the “Y” in our dirt road and back up the other side took only 20 minutes and was up- and downhill.

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  • Personally, the cards were a giant pick me up- i walked out of the hospital at 10pm dragging my butt to my bed- then took my time savoring each and every card in the box.

    Paradise General

  • Red cherry follow-up: A lead that is still a red cherry and has not up- or downgraded.

    Hot Prospects

  • Other keiretsu, such as the Toyota Group, are vertical, involving firms up- and downstream from a “system integrator” firm that is usually a final assembler.

    Lean Thinking

  • “Maybe he had another boat hidden up- or downstream.”

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  • Easy to sum up- loads of really great meals, but forget the 30 minutes bit!


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