up-and-down

[ uhp-uh n-doun ]
/ ˈʌp ənˈdaʊn /

adjective

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.

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Origin of up-and-down

First recorded in 1610–20

OTHER WORDS FROM up-and-down

up-and-down·ness, noun

Definition for up and down (2 of 2)

Origin of up

before 900; Middle English up(pe) (adv.), Old English up(p) to a higher position, uppe in a higher position; cognate with Old Frisian up, Old Saxon up, Middle Dutch up, op, Old Norse upp; akin to Old High German ūf (> German auf), Gothic iup
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British Dictionary definitions for up and down (1 of 3)

Word Origin for up

Old English upp; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse up, Old High German ūf, Gothic iup

usage for up

The use of up before until is redundant and should be avoided: the talks will continue until (not up until) 23rd March

British Dictionary definitions for up and down (2 of 3)

UP

abbreviation for

United Press
Uttar Pradesh

British Dictionary definitions for up and down (3 of 3)

up-and-down

adjective

moving, executed, or formed alternately upwards and downwards
mainly US very steep; vertical

adverb, preposition up and down

backwards and forwards (along)
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Idioms and Phrases with up and down

up

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