ups and downs Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “ups and downs” in the English Dictionary

"ups and downs" in British English

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ups and downsnoun [plural]

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If someone or something ​experiencesups and ​downs, a ​mixture of good and ​bad things ​happens to him, her, or it: Like most ​marriedcouples we've had ​ourups and ​downs, but life's like that.
(Definition of ups and downs from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ups and downsplural noun

 /ˈʌps ən ˈdɑʊnz/
good and ​bad things that ​happen to someone or something during a ​period: the ups and downs of ​marriage
(Definition of ups and downs from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ups and downs”
in Chinese (Simplified) 盛衰, 沉浮…
in Turkish iniş çıkışlar, çalkantılar, iyi kötü gelişmeler…
in Russian взлеты и падения, хорошее и плохое…
in Chinese (Traditional) 盛衰, 沉浮…
in Polish wzloty i upadki…
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