be up and down

be up and down

 
1. if a person is up and down, they are sometimes happy and sometimes sad, usually after something very bad has happened to them She's been very up and down since her husband's death.
2. if a situation is up and down, it is sometimes good and successful and sometimes bad and not successful Things are up and down for dairy farmers at the moment.
See also: and, down, up
References in classic literature ?
Here began another lesson, and in five minutes Jerry learned it was the will of Skipper that he should remain in the blanket, that everything was all right, and that Skipper would be up and down and near him all the time.