noun (plural yo-yos)
- It is something like the toy we call a yo-yo: you play with it and make it spin, but there is always a string attached.
- Because the kids will be housed in DannyMart day care, there will be no need for yo-yos, squirt guns and other toys to clutter the shelves.
- Like the yo-yo, the hula hoop, and the Mohican haircut, vehicle fads come and go.
- A seasoned Weight Watchers member, Fiona already enjoyed a reasonably good diet but was still plagued by the all too familiar yo-yo syndrome.
- Fad diets only add to the confusion and contribute to the yo-yo syndrome so many of us experience.
- Now seriously committed to stopping the yo-yo syndrome, Jacqui is making amazing progress.
verb (yo-yoes, yo-yoing, yo-yoed)[no object, usually with adverbial of direction]
- While stockmarkets yo-yo around the world, the gravy train is picking up speed in one sector of the economy.
- Hearts were relegated in 1977 and spent six years yo-yoing between the Premier League and the First Division before resurfacing as a competitive force in the mid-1980s.
- Establish yourselves as a new unit rather than becoming the property of two families and yo-yoing between them.
Early 20th century: probably ultimately from a language of the Philippines.
Crazes for particular toys are nothing new. In the late 1920s the yo-yo was the latest thing. Although toys resembling yo-yos were known in ancient China and Greece, the name probably comes from the Philippines, where the yo-yo had been popular for hundreds of years. It entered English in 1915, and became a verb meaning ‘to move up and down, fluctuate’ in the 1960s.
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