verb (used without object), up·swung, up·swing·ing.
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What does on the upswing mean?
Where does on the upswing come from?
The term upswing is first recorded in reference to golf, describing the part of a golf swing where one brings the club up over their head before the downswing to strike the ball.
Evidence for the word upswing dates back to at least the 1920s. It quickly became an effective visual metaphor for “upward movement,” especially when starting from a poor or middling state (e.g., Trade and stock prices are on the upswing). This usage, including the specific phrase on the upswing, is found in the 1930s, likely corresponding to economic activity during the Great Depression.
Upswing has been expanded to mean any “increase” (e.g., We’re seeing an upswing in visitors to a website). This upswing is likely influenced by a similar word, uptick.
From economics, on the upswing spread to a whole range of contexts, including “improvements” in personal circumstances like physical or emotional health.
The band Bell X1 released a track “The Upswing” in 2016, featuring the chorus: “‘Cause baby one little push from you / Got me on the upswing / Even without trying to / Got me on the upswing.” That is, the singer is doing better and better.
How is on the upswing used in real life?
On the upswing is particularly common in economic discussions to describe trading, companies, prices, profits, or even whole economies that are trending upward in activity, value, strength, and health.
— HEAT LLC (@heatllc) November 16, 2018
Outside economics, on the upswing is commonly and widely used in any number of other contexts to describe things that are getting bigger, better, and stronger from a weakened or reduced state.
Poetry reading is on the upswing (opinion) https://t.co/gKQoidLPUa
— The Poetry Society (@PoetrySociety) November 21, 2018
— Big Blue United (@BigBlueUnited) November 21, 2018
On the upswing (health-wise). Not out of the woods yet, though.
— Cam Makovichuk (@cammakovichuk) May 11, 2010
A downswing is used for the opposite of an upswing, or a “decline.”
Example sentences from the Web for upswing
So an apples-to-apples comparison is difficult to do when other states are still on the upswing.South Dakota’s covid-19 numbers have been terrible, but the governor says that’s the wrong metric|Glenn Kessler|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
That’s leading to optimism within the industry for an upswing in the spring and summer, even as rates remain depressed and a recovery in business travel is a long way off.Vaccine rollout could boost the travel industry—and spell the end of deep discounts|Rachel King|December 24, 2020|Fortune
Philanthropic support for climate work in the United States has been on the upswing in recent years.
There have been ups and downs—and we’re currently on one of the upswings.
The situation has prompted an upswing in outdoor activities and forced everyday behaviors, such as eating at a restaurant or working out at a gym, to take place outside.It’s shaping up to be a prime season for parkas and puffers as Covid-19 keeps us outdoors|Marc Bain|October 8, 2020|Quartz
At the same time I was on an emotional upswing, a hyper-manic swoop and I was falling in love with my now-wife.The Author Of The Summer's Hit Paranoid Fantasy Opens Up|William O’Connor|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because more people are working at slightly higher wages, the volume of withheld income and payroll taxes is on the upswing.
Indeed, just last week, a cluster of polls showed that deism is on the upswing in America.
As extreme and high profile as the Soldera case might have been, wine crimes appear to be on an upswing.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine|Alice Feiring|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The welcome upswing was all thanks to the newly emerging specialty beer market.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France|Jeff Campagna|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Another factor of historic significance was the massive upswing in the strength of the free world.East-West Trade Trends|Harold E. Stassen
The sober mood, the unaccustomed surge of emotion, was still on me, but it was giving way to a sudden upswing of exaltation.The Planet Savers|Marion Zimmer Bradley
But within the past hundred years it was again on the upswing.Plague Ship|Andre Norton