I mean throughout the season did we have our ups and downs, absolutely.
Through all the ups and downs of the past few months, Mitt Romney has remained the default frontrunner—until now.
May the Packers break your legs on the first series of downs.
Worse, their ups and downs reflect only short-run events (China scolds...) and not what we need, i.e., long-term perspective.
Through all he ups and downs of the past few months, Mitt Romney has remained the default front-runner—until now.
I reck'n he'd like to be all the while in the saddle on the downs.
Stanford took a desperate brace and Berkeley lost the ball on downs.
Here stretches the Pilgrims' Way across the downs of Surrey—worn and scratched by pious feet.
"Well, there's something in that," acknowledged Captain downs, softening a bit.
Now, I am never at a loss for words, but then I am older than you, more accustomed to ups and downs.
late Old English shortened form of Old English ofdune "downwards," from dune "from the hill," dative of dun "hill" (see down (n.2)). A sense development peculiar to English.
Used as a preposition since c.1500. Sense of "depressed mentally" is attested from c.1600. Slang sense of "aware, wide awake" is attested from 1812. Computer crash sense is from 1965. As a preposition from late 14c.; as an adjective from 1560s. Down-and-out is from 1889, American English, from situation of a beaten prizefighter. Down home (adj.) is 1931, American English; down the hatch as a toast is from 1931; down to the wire is 1901, from horse-racing. Down time is from 1952. Down under "Australia and New Zealand" attested from 1886; Down East "Maine" is from 1825.
"soft feathers," late 14c., from Old Norse dunn, perhaps ultimately from PIE root *dheu- (1) "to fly about (like dust), to rise in a cloud."
Old English dun "down, moor; height, hill, mountain," from Proto-Germanic *dunaz- (cf. Middle Dutch dunen "sandy hill," Dutch duin, "probably a pre-insular loan-word from Celtic" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names], in other words, borrowed at a very early period, before the Anglo-Saxon migration.
The non-English Germanic words tend to mean "dune, sand bank" (cf. dune), while the Celtic cognates tend to mean "hill, citadel" (cf. Old Irish dun "hill, hill fort;" Welsh din "fortress, hill fort;" and second element in place names London, Verdun, etc.).
From PIE root *dheue- "to close, finish, come full circle." Meaning "elevated rolling grassland" is from c.1300. German Düne, French dune, Italian, Spanish duna are said to be loan-words from Dutch.
1560s, from down (adv.). Related: Downed; downing.
downer (1960s+ Narcotics)
[cool and teenager senses perhaps fr jazz musicians' terms like low down and down and dirty used to praise gutbucket and other jazz when especially well played]