Definition of roller coaster in US English:

roller coaster

noun

  • 1An amusement park attraction that consists of a light railroad track with many tight turns and steep slopes, on which people ride in small fast open cars.

    • ‘Notwithstanding, I learned a thing or two from the roller-coaster operator.’
    • ‘There is a rather run-down amusement park with roller-coasters, a tower restaurant, and a dolphinarium presently under reconstruction.’
    • ‘Their feet out in front of them, silhouetted against the twilight sky, travelling from one end of the park to the other, looking down at roller-coasters and parked cars.’
    • ‘She stood outside beside the exit door, and watched the rows of television screens displaying pictures of the roller coaster ride.’
    • ‘But we rode a roller coaster in Toronto with her on the fairgrounds after the show.’
    • ‘Currently there are well over 1,000 members worldwide who share the same dedication and enthusiasm for roller-coasters.’
    • ‘They rode a roller coaster, ate ice cream, and played games.’
    • ‘Do you go to an amusement park with your five friends in order to watch one friend ride the roller coaster?’
    • ‘It was like riding a roller coaster in the dark, only without seatbelts or a track.’
    • ‘In the neutral condition, he chose the video clip depicting the roller coaster ride.’
    • ‘Watching a video of a roller coaster ride will never bring on the same sense of vertigo as the real deal.’
    • ‘You fancy some shooting, or a ride in the roller coaster.’
    • ‘She threw up after riding on a roller coaster five times.’
    • ‘DisneySea offers booze, a hair-raising roller coaster ride in a mock Incan temple, and an on-site spa.’
    • ‘The fireball rammed into the roller coaster car and the whole part of the roller coaster track and the car blew up.’
    • ‘Instead of your kids getting sick on the roller-coasters, they can involve themselves in their possible future careers.’
    • ‘My heart gave a little flutter and my stomach dropped like I was going down a steep hill on a roller coaster, or over train tracks in the car.’
    • ‘Unlike the roller coaster ride from the night before, our drive to his father's house wasn't nearly as long.’
    • ‘It felt like when you're riding a really fast roller coaster, only a hundred times worse.’
    • ‘Jimmy and I liked fast rides like the roller coaster.’
    1. 1.1 A thing that contains or goes through wild and unpredictable changes.
      ‘a terrific roller coaster of a book’
      • ‘How about simply the fact that I am miraculously still alive today after a lifelong roller coaster ride?’
      • ‘We've had some success, but we're riding a roller coaster.’
      • ‘As interest rates have begun to rise, the real estate market nears the top of the roller coaster ride.’
      • ‘But the book's message, and its roller-coaster style, ultimately triumphs over such complaints and concerns.’
      • ‘The trademark roller-coaster narrative has been replaced by something more subtler, more powerful, but lacking none of the ambition or scope.’
      • ‘The roller coaster ride she took me on spooked me.’
      • ‘I asked feeling like I had just gone over another hill on the roller coaster ride I was on.’
      • ‘Dram prices are on the up again, thanks to makers manipulating the roller-coaster memory market.’
      • ‘Having a teenager in the family can mean you're in for an emotional roller-coaster ride.’
      • ‘It all goes back to the roller-coaster nature of programming.’
      • ‘I felt like I'd just finished a roller coaster ride that I hadn't realized twisted upside down several times and now I wanted to heave.’
      • ‘It must have been a roller coaster ride for you as well.’
      • ‘For the next six months, I was forced to ride a roller coaster whose tracks were leading to only one place - my destruction.’
      • ‘This roller coaster ride of a novel is all about a young bicycle messenger who suddenly finds himself a prime suspect in the murder of a low-end criminal defense lawyer.’
      • ‘It then started its wild roller-coaster ride, first up well into double digits by 1981, then down to zero, a move that twenty years later is still in progress.’
      • ‘Since we first met, it had been a roller coaster ride with its ups and downs.’
      • ‘I know that exaggerating my own roller-coaster reactions would be almost impossible.’
      • ‘It has been a roller-coaster year for those involved in the information technology sector, with fears over-riding the thrills as those still in employment clung on to their jobs.’
      • ‘Nicely written sentences and a roller-coaster ending do not compensate for shallowness of meaning and lazy characterisation.’
      • ‘The suspense here is of the slow-burn variety, rather than the non-stop roller coaster ride of thrillers that just go for the adrenaline rush.’
      tempestuous, stormy, unstable, unsettled, tumultuous, explosive, in turmoil, full of upheavals, full of conflict, full of ups and downs, roller-coaster, chaotic, full of confusion
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verb

[no object]
  • Move, change, or occur in the dramatically changeable manner of a roller coaster.

    ‘the twentieth century fades behind us and history roller-coasters on’
    • ‘The raft roller-coastered, bounced through the rapids, slammed into turbulent water.’
    • ‘Try roller-coasting over Turnhouse Hill, Carnethy Hill and Scald Law, and let the wide open skies and the distant horizons exhilarate you.’
    • ‘Things went well until mid May, since then my motivation has roller-coastered, and often I have a hard time motivating myself to train hard or get my heart rate up.’
    • ‘Last Sunday I tried to express my uneasy feeling that rollicking values would soon be roller-coastering downhill.’
    • ‘I popped up and crouched, and when I'd gotten ahead of the crashing white, I roller-coastered to the top of the lip and shot back down.’
    • ‘Like most people, I'm roller-coasting: Nothing means anything, everything's urgent, life's precious or, obviously, expendable.’
    • ‘And you are left to roller-coast upside-down, rocket skywards, plunge down make-believe waterfalls, fall to earth in plummeting lifts, shoot round tracks in test cars, whiz through space in the dark or take off for Mars.’
    • ‘And then he is off, roller-coasting through all the live issues in education, a man who is not afraid to say what he thinks and who brings huge energy and passion to his opinions.’
    inconsistent, variable, varying, changeable, irregular, fluctuating, intermittent, wavering, erratic, patchy
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Pronunciation

roller coaster

/ˈˌroʊlər ˈkoʊstər//ˈˌrōlər ˈkōstər/