- moving alternately up and down: the up-and-down swing of levers; an up-and-down tune.
- having an uneven surface: up-and-down countryside.
- changeable: up-and-down luck.
- perpendicular or nearly so: a straight up-and-down hillside.
Origin of up-and-down
First recorded in 1610–20
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Examples from the Web for up-and-down
Did you share his feelings about the up-and-down fourth season of the show?Alison Brie on ‘Community’s’ New Beginning, Dan Harmon’s Return, Nicolas Cage, and More
January 3, 2014
So you might have assumed that it would have been a straight “up-and-down” clean vote for McCain-Palin and repair to the bar.Electing a Punch Line
October 20, 2008
Well, Blacklock, if you want an up-and-down good time, come with us.Up The Baltic
None of these old back-breaking, up-and-down 60 dashers for me.Judith of the Cumberlands
He's an up-and-down willian, and a body can make no more, nor any less of him.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef
James Fenimore Cooper
Their whole attention must be fixed on the machine in its up-and-down motion.
Up-and-down men are skase, but the horizontal are less skaser.Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings
Henry Wheeler Shaw
- moving, executed, or formed alternately upwards and downwards
- mainly US very steep; vertical
- backwards and forwards (along)
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