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ups and downs

Positive and negative events or experiences, considered collectively. Oh, we’ve had our share of ups and downs, like any married couple.
See also: and, Downs, UPS
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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.
See also: and, Downs, UPS
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: and, Downs, UPS
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ˌups and ˈdowns

times of success, happiness, etc. and times of failure, unhappiness, etc: I suppose every marriage has its ups and downs.I’ve watched the ups and downs of his business with great interest.
See also: and, Downs, UPS
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ups and downs

Good times and bad; life’s vicissitudes. The association of “up” with good fortune and “down” with misery occurred in ancient Greek and Latin, and the idea that life doles out both is equally old. The precise expression dates from the seventeenth century. Dickens used an unusual application in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843): “Fraudulent transactions have their downs as well as their ups.” See also win some, lose some.
See also: and, Downs, UPS
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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