ups and downs


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ups and downs

 (ŭps′ ən dounz′)
pl.n.
Alternating periods of good and bad fortune or spirits.

ups and downs

pl n
alternating periods of good and bad fortune, high and low spirits, etc

ups′ and downs′


n.pl.
rises and falls of fortune; good and bad times.
[1650–60]
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A quick temper, sharp tongue, and restless spirit were always getting her into scrapes, and her life was a series of ups and downs, which were both comic and pathetic.
muttered Hawkeye, with an inward laugh, "to go through life, like a catbird, mocking all the ups and downs that may happen to come out of other men's throats.
There were ups and downs at the business; but there was always a living, inside of a jail, if not out of it.
He was poking along through his ups and downs, and when he come to that place he went right along.
He must have had some ups and downs in life to make him such a churl.