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downhill

[adverb, adjective doun-hil; noun doun-hil]
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adverb
  1. down the slope of a hill; downward.
  2. into a worse or inferior condition: The business has been going downhill.
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adjective
  1. going or tending downward on or as on a hill.
  2. free of problems or obstacles; easy: After the initial setbacks on the project, it was downhill all the way.
  3. of or relating to skiing downhill.
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noun
  1. a timed ski race on a steep slope in which competitors take the most direct route to the finish line following a course with relatively few turns and attaining very high speeds.
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Compare slalom.

Origin of downhill

First recorded in 1585–95; down1 + hill
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  • He took Allister from Kirsty, and we sped away, for it was all downhill now.

  • Yet, if she does not set her face against "Gadarening," we are all bound for downhill.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • It was a downhill run, with their hopes rising every moment.

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman

  • If it was downhill to the city it would be uphill coming back.

  • The return journey was accomplished in about a quarter of an hour, for it was all downhill.

    Dick Leslie's Luck

    Harry Collingwood


British Dictionary definitions for downhill

downhill

adjective
  1. going or sloping down
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adverb
  1. towards the bottom of a hill; downwards
  2. go downhill informal to decline; deteriorate
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noun
  1. the downward slope of a hill; descent
  2. a competitive event in which skiers are timed in a downhill run
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Word Origin and History for downhill

1590s (n.); 1650s (adv.), 1727 (adj.), from down (adv.) + hill. Meaning "a downhill skiing race" is from 1960.

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