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roller coaster

A series or period of drastic changes that occur without warning. After she graduated from college, her life became a roller coaster filled with ups and downs as she tried to establish herself as a fashion designer.
See also: coaster, roller

a roller coaster

a situation which changes suddenly and often between being good and being bad
Usage notes: A roller coaster is a type of small railway in an amusement park which travels very quickly climbing up and down hills.
The Norwegian stockmarket has been on a roller coaster during the past 18 months. What the book does describe very well is the emotional roller-coaster of puberty.
See also: coaster, roller


n. someone who lives near the ocean on the coast. (California.) Tiffany is a coaster now, but she was born, like, somewhere else.
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This is the 'holy grail' of artifacts for the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archive (NRCMA)," NRCMA Chairman Gary Slade said.
Most steel roller coaster track at one amusement park (52,125 feet/9.
Soon you will be able to purchase tickets and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster Merchandise directly on their website.
The roller coaster tester should not be afraid of stomach-churning inversions or heart-pounding thrills, is what the application says.
That puts the thrill park behind Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, which claims the title of ``Roller Coaster Capital of the World'' on its Web site, with a list of 17 coasters.
A 20-year-old junior college student from the city of Fukui was seriously injured after hitting her back when the coaster came to a sudden halt.
8) The studies are "Investigation of Amusement Park and Roller Coaster Injury Likelihood and Severity," by Exponent Failure Analysis Associates and "Fixed Theme Park Rides and Neurological Injuries: Expert Panel Consensus Report," by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Neuro Knowledge Outcome Sciences, Inc.
We appreciate the outpouring of concern on our behalf," said Wendy Crain, General Manager, San Diego Coaster Company.
The giant, looping coaster will be located in the Rockville area of the park.
8220;The bottom lift-tabs prevent the coaster from sliding on the table when used this way.
An autopsy determined that the roller coaster caused the rupture of a pre-existing aneurysm and listed hypertension and heart disease as contributing factors in her death.
A coaster, however, contains none of these controlling mechanisms on board.
Our findings do not support the contention that current roller coaster rides produce high enough forces to mechanically deform and injure the brain," the authors said.
Moviegoers will once again enjoy taking a ride on the Regal Roller Coaster during the pre-show policy trailer announcements.
25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Coaster Pedicab Inc, the country's largest owner and operator of pedicabs, has formally announced the debut of the company's first pedicab model, The Coaster.