Definition of ups and downs in English:

ups and downs

plural noun

  • 1A succession of both good and bad experiences.

    ‘I have my ups and downs’
    • ‘While the ups and considerable downs continue off the pitch, on it York City's stock continues to rise and rise.’
    • ‘In the days and weeks following his death, I had the typical ups and downs-some days fine, and others a jingle on the radio would make me bawl.’
    • ‘By her account, success is made of weeks, months, years of few ups and loads of downs - a whole lifetime of preparation.’
    • ‘He believes it has supported him during the ups and downs of his rugby years, that it has helped put the painful defeats in perspective.’
    • ‘"Even on medications, I still have ups and downs," he said.’
    • ‘It has been a super season, we have had our ups and downs, but we have seen some great football.’
    • ‘I knew there would be ups and downs when we grew up, but I always knew that Liam would be there.’
    • ‘Neither of them sugar-coat the ups and downs of working in the industry, but they will open your eyes a great deal about the false assumptions that you're making.’
    vicissitudes, uncertainties, inconstancy, instability, unpredictability, chanciness, fickleness, variability, changeability, fluctuation, vacillation, alteration, changes
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    1. 1.1 Rises and falls, especially in the value or success of something.
      ‘the ups and downs of the market’
      • ‘There will be occasional ups and downs, but there has been no significant change in that trend.’
      • ‘The school has been through a period of ups and downs over the past year.’
      • ‘The ups and downs of natural processes have been exerting their effects on humankind for ages.’
      • ‘There are always going to be ups and downs in your career and in your life.’
      • ‘Camelot, the company that runs Britain's national lottery, has had its ups and downs.’
      • ‘The road starts to twist and turn and there are a few ups and downs too which make for a more interesting, if more arduous, ride.’
      • ‘Even though there have been many ups and downs in the industry over the years, this is where I want to be.’
      • ‘The ups and downs of the sport can be extreme, especially if you're in it for the long haul.’
      • ‘I admit that I have had my fair share of ups and downs over the past three years.’
      • ‘It's like a marriage - we have our ups and downs but we wouldn't dream of leaving each other.’
      • ‘She's a trampolinist, so it is no surprise her career has had its ups and downs.’
      • ‘In the meantime, it seems they too will have to weather the country's economic ups and downs.’
      • ‘Writing for a living doesn't pay much, and running your own business has its ups and downs.’
      • ‘By all respects, this was a voyage with ups and downs, but in the end it all worked out.’
      • ‘It was like the notes in a song, with its ups and downs, a melody that he would never tire of.’
      • ‘It's full of ups and downs, sure, but we have to stand up and face life when it gets hard.’
      • ‘Each of the classes has their own ups and downs, but there are only a couple that are fun.’
      • ‘He describes the next two and a half years as being a time of ups and downs.’
      • ‘In a long campaign like this, there's lots of ups and downs and different courses of events.’
      • ‘It has certainly been a fascinating journey, if not without its ups and downs.’