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 Dictionary entry overview: What does up and down mean? 

UP AND DOWN (adverb)
  The adverb UP AND DOWN has 2 senses:

1. moving backward and forward along a given course
2. alternately upward and downward

  Familiarity information: UP AND DOWN used as an adverb is rare.

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UP AND DOWN (adverb)

Sense 1up and down [BACK TO TOP]


Moving backward and forward along a given course

Context examples:

he walked up and down the locker room / all up and down the Eastern seaboard

Sense 2up and down [BACK TO TOP]


Alternately upward and downward

Context example:

he eyed him up and down

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