up and down


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up and down

1. Alternately happy and sad, as due to depression or a traumatic event. My dad's been quite up and down ever since he lost his job at the factory. I was really confused as to why I felt so up and down after having my baby, until my doctor told me about postpartum depression.
2. Going between success and failure. Things were a bit up and down in the first few years of the business, but now we're seeing stable profit growth each month.
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up and ˈdown

sometimes good and sometimes bad: One moment he seems well, the next he’s sick again — he’s up and down all the time.My relationship with him was very up and down.
See also: and, down, up