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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References in classic literature ?
Forbear," said the Miller to him, "harping on what was of yore, for it is the common lot of mortals to sustain the ups and downs of fortune.
We should have our trials, our ups and downs, I know; but surely it is by those that true love learns how to grow more true and strong.
The intrigue of close texture will never suit our conditions, which are so loose and open and variable; each man's life among us is a romance of the Spanish model, if it is the life of a man who has risen, as we nearly all have, with many ups and downs.