ups and downs


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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.
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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

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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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.
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References in classic literature ?
He must have had some ups and downs in life to make him such a churl.
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.
Forty years ago, Tyne Tees TV launched the drama series The Paper Lads, telling of the ups and downs of a group of teenage news deliverers on Tyneside.
Take the airline industry: It doesn't seem to have much in common with theater, but its version of dynamic pricing has become a common tactic in helping stage productions secure long runs through the ups and downs of seasonal consumer demand.
As the years went by our marriage had its ups and downs, but my feelings for her never changed.