ups and downs

Meaning(s)

1. good times and bad times, successes and failures over a period of time

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someone has had a lot of ups and downs in their life

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When you talk about 'ups and downs' you are referring to highs and lows in your life, during a project or over a period of time. 'Ups and downs' literally rises and falls in particularly if they refer to the value of something and emotional state or success. This is a casual phrase often used in conversation. You will also hear the similar meaning expressions 'highs and lows' and 'take the bad with the good'.

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  1. Every marriage has its ups and downs and Henry's was no different. Overall, however, he believes that the good times have definitely outweighed the bad.

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  1. The business has had its ups and downs over the years, but now that we have fully established ourselves in the industry, we have a lot more stability.
  2. There were a lot of ups and downs during the course of the negotiations, but the two sides did manage to get the deal over the line in the end.

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