Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by or exhibiting an alternating upward and downward movement.
  • adjective Variable; changeable.
  • adjective Vertical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Plain; direct; unceremonious; downright; positive. Compare up and down, under up, adv.

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Examples

  • The 56-mile race takes place between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban and covers five major hills, with the direction alternating each year—the so-called up-and-down runs.

    Long May You Run

  • He had survived purges, internecine battles within the Communist Party, bouts of internal exile and disfavor, the animosity of the Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution, and what could best be described as an up-and-down relationship with Mao.

    Superfusion

  • He had survived purges, internecine battles within the Communist Party, bouts of internal exile and disfavor, the animosity of the Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution, and what could best be described as an up-and-down relationship with Mao.

    Superfusion

  • He had survived purges, internecine battles within the Communist Party, bouts of internal exile and disfavor, the animosity of the Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution, and what could best be described as an up-and-down relationship with Mao.

    Superfusion

  • And wwwww adequately imitated, in the manner of a newly devised pictogram, the up-and-down body motions of the laughing person.

    The English Is Coming!

  • And wwwww adequately imitated, in the manner of a newly devised pictogram, the up-and-down body motions of the laughing person.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The issues involve delivery of the new jet's horizontal stabilizers, which are small wings at the rear of the aircraft that help control the up-and-down pitch of the aircraft.

    Boeing Pauses Delivery of 787 Jet Sections

  • The up-and-down stage across the olive groves on the road north to Jaén featured four third-category climbs.

    Ventoso gets his win at Ruta del Sol; Irizar in driver’s seat

  • So, as with most of the games this season, the Steelers finished their up-and-down season with an up-and-down game.

    Jill Baughman: Steelers Heading to Denver on Sunday Despite 13-9 Win Over Browns

  • That indeed is the problem with WiFi and I suffer these up-and-down performance pretty much every day.

    802.11n To Win The Wireless HD Video Sweepstakes

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