ups and downs


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Up \Up\, n.
   The state of being up or above; a state of elevation,
   prosperity, or the like; -- rarely occurring except in the
   phrase ups and downs. [Colloq.]
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   Ups and downs, alternate states of elevation and
      depression, or of prosperity and the contrary. [Colloq.]
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            They had their ups and downs of fortune.
                                                  --Thackeray.
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