ups and downs


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(someone's) ups and downs

a person's good fortune and bad fortune. I've had my ups and downs, but in general life has been good to me. All people have their ups and downs.
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ups and downs

the mixture of good and bad things that happen Ups and downs are to be expected in life, but that doesn't make the down parts any easier.
Related vocabulary: the ebb and flow of something
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ups and downs

the mixture of good and bad things which happen to people Like most married couples we've had our ups and downs. The book charts the ups and downs of a career in fashion.
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ups and downs

Good times and bad times, successes and failures, as in We've had our ups and downs but things are going fairly well now. This term was first recorded in 1659.
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References in classic literature ?
We've had our ups and downs, we've had our struggles, we've always been poor, but it's been worth it, ay, worth it a hundred times I say when I look round at my children.
As for Allan a Dale and his wife, the fair Ellen, they followed Robin Hood and shared in all his ups and downs of life.
But the windows are narrow, and it is all ups and downs.
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.
Ups and downs, generosity, dark fates, the most delicate goodness, have nowhere been more prominent than in the private existence of those devoted to the public mimicry of men and women.
Of course all business men have these little ups and downs.
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.
After a time John of Gaunt returned to power, and again Chaucer had a post given to him, and so until he died he suffered ups and downs.