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roller coaster

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noun
  1. a small gravity railroad, especially in an amusement park, having a train with open cars that moves along a high, sharply winding trestle built with steep inclines that produce sudden, speedy plunges for thrill-seeking passengers.
  2. a car or train of cars for such a railroad.
  3. any phenomenon, period, or experience of persistent or violent ups and downs, as one fluctuating between prosperity and recession or elation and despair.
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Origin of roller coaster

First recorded in 1885–90

roller-coaster

[roh-ler-koh-ster, roh-li-]
verb (used without object)
  1. to go up and down like a roller coaster; rise and fall: a narrow road roller-coastering around the mountain; a light boat roller-coastering over the waves.
  2. to experience a period of prosperity, happiness, security, or the like, followed by a contrasting period of economic depression, despair, or the like: The economy was roller-coastering throughout most of the decade.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a roller coaster.
  2. resembling the progress of a ride on a roller coaster in sudden extreme changeableness.
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Origin of roller-coaster

First recorded in 1960–65
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Related Words for rollercoaster

upheaval, turbulence, commotion, fracas, tumult, uproar, tizzy, convulsion, ruckus

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British Dictionary definitions for rollercoaster

roller coaster

noun
  1. another term for big dipper
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Word Origin and History for rollercoaster

n.

also roller-coaster, and originally roller coaster, by 1884, perhaps mid-1870s, from roller + coaster. As a verb by 1959.

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