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.

    • ‘Jimmy and I liked fast rides like the roller coaster.’
    • ‘There is a rather run-down amusement park with roller-coasters, a tower restaurant, and a dolphinarium presently under reconstruction.’
    • ‘You fancy some shooting, or a ride in the roller coaster.’
    • ‘It felt like when you're riding a really fast roller coaster, only a hundred times worse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fireball rammed into the roller coaster car and the whole part of the roller coaster track and the car blew up.’
    • ‘But we rode a roller coaster in Toronto with her on the fairgrounds after the show.’
    • ‘DisneySea offers booze, a hair-raising roller coaster ride in a mock Incan temple, and an on-site spa.’
    • ‘Instead of your kids getting sick on the roller-coasters, they can involve themselves in their possible future careers.’
    • ‘Unlike the roller coaster ride from the night before, our drive to his father's house wasn't nearly as long.’
    • ‘It was like riding a roller coaster in the dark, only without seatbelts or a track.’
    • ‘She stood outside beside the exit door, and watched the rows of television screens displaying pictures of 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.’
    • ‘She threw up after riding on a roller coaster five times.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding, I learned a thing or two from the roller-coaster operator.’
    • ‘They rode a roller coaster, ate ice cream, and played games.’
    • ‘In the neutral condition, he chose the video clip depicting the roller coaster ride.’
    • ‘Do you go to an amusement park with your five friends in order to watch one friend ride the roller coaster?’
    • ‘Currently there are well over 1,000 members worldwide who share the same dedication and enthusiasm for roller-coasters.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A thing that contains or goes through wild and unpredictable changes.
      ‘a terrific roller coaster of a book’
      • ‘The roller coaster ride she took me on spooked me.’
      • ‘Since we first met, it had been a roller coaster ride with its ups and downs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The trademark roller-coaster narrative has been replaced by something more subtler, more powerful, but lacking none of the ambition or scope.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But the book's message, and its roller-coaster style, ultimately triumphs over such complaints and concerns.’
      • ‘For the next six months, I was forced to ride a roller coaster whose tracks were leading to only one place - my destruction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As interest rates have begun to rise, the real estate market nears the top of the roller coaster ride.’
      • ‘It must have been a roller coaster ride for you as well.’
      • ‘Having a teenager in the family can mean you're in for an emotional roller-coaster ride.’
      • ‘How about simply the fact that I am miraculously still alive today after a lifelong roller coaster ride?’
      • ‘I asked feeling like I had just gone over another hill on the roller coaster ride I was on.’
      • ‘I know that exaggerating my own roller-coaster reactions would be almost impossible.’
      • ‘Nicely written sentences and a roller-coaster ending do not compensate for shallowness of meaning and lazy characterisation.’
      • ‘We've had some success, but we're riding a roller coaster.’
      • ‘Dram prices are on the up again, thanks to makers manipulating the roller-coaster memory market.’
      • ‘It all goes back to the roller-coaster nature of programming.’
      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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like most people, I'm roller-coasting: Nothing means anything, everything's urgent, life's precious or, obviously, expendable.’
    • ‘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.’
    inconsistent, variable, varying, changeable, irregular, fluctuating, intermittent, wavering, erratic, patchy
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Pronunciation

roller coaster

/ˈˌroʊlər ˈkoʊstər//ˈˌrōlər ˈkōstər/