emotional roller-coaster

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 3 14:12:18 UTC 2010

I don't see this cliche' in OED, but I could be blind.  Anyway:

1936 _Time_  (Aug. 10)
Bill stuck to his role as friend of the family, while Jock and Mary went
careening up & down the economic and emotional roller-coaster on which the
rest of the world was riding.

GB indicates that the phrase became popular after WWII.  _Time_ appears not
to have used it again for decades."Roller-coaster of emotions" does not show
up in GB until 1971.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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