like a yo-yo


1. something that fluctuates, moves up and down repeatedly






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go up and down like a yo-yo

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A Yo-Yo is a children's toy that is made to be bounced up and down. Something that is 'like a Yo-Yo' behaves, in the same way, fluctuating moving constantly unable to maintain a steady level rate or speed. This phrase is a simile. "My dog is like a Yo-Yo, always jumping up and down." "You need to be aware when you make an investment that interest rates are like a Yo-Yo, they can change many times over the course of a few years."

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  1. The share price of the company moved up and down like a Yo-Yo as the day's events unfolded
  2. Frank's weight tends to Yo-Yo because he finds it very hard to stick to a diet.
  3. The Prime Minister's approval rating is constantly Yo-Yoing. The public doesn't seem to be able to make up their mind about her.

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  1. What's going on in that meeting? People have been going in and out like a Yo-Yo all day.
  2. My client is really difficult to work with. They change their mind like a Yo-Yo from day to day.

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