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yo-yonoun [C]

 us   /ˈjoʊ·joʊ/ (plural yo-yos)
a ​toy consisting of a ​circularobject that can be made to ​roll down and up a ​string that is ​tied to ​yourhand if you ​spin the ​object and move ​yourhandquickly at the same ​time

yo-yoadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈjoʊ·joʊ/ fig.
characterized by ​large and ​suddenchanges from one ​condition to another: Research on yo-yo dieting ​indicates that going on and off ​dietsrepeatedly will make ​weightcontroldifficult in the ​longrun.
(Definition of yo-yo from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"yo-yo" in British English

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yo-yonoun [C]

uk   /ˈjəʊ.jəʊ/  us   /ˈjoʊ.joʊ/ (plural yo-yos) trademark
a ​toy consisting of a ​circularobject that can be made to go up and down a ​longpiece of ​string to which it is ​tied

yo-yoadjective

uk   /ˈjəʊ.jəʊ/  us   /ˈjoʊ.joʊ/
used to refer to something that ​moves up and down ​quickly, or something that ​changesrepeatedly between one ​level and another: yo-yo dieting
(Definition of yo-yo from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “yo-yo”
in Chinese (Simplified) 游游拉线盘,悠悠球(一种玩具)…
in Turkish yo-yo, oyuncak…
in Russian йо-йо…
in Chinese (Traditional) 游遊拉線盤,溜溜球(一種玩具)…
in Polish jojo…
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