- characteristic of a period of economic prosperity followed by a depression.
Origin of boom-and-bust
First recorded in 1940–45
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Barely 20 years ago, Brazil was a drowsy, underperfoming Third World nation, plagued by hyperinflation and boom-and-bust growth.Dilma Thumps for Women
September 21, 2011