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go downhill

verb phrase

To deteriorate; worsen; go to pot: It looks like his health is going downhill fast (1922+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • He'll go downhill so fast that a ship's anchor wouldn't hold him.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I think the hardest thing to do is to go downhill gracefully.

    Sylvia & Michael Compton Mackenzie
  • I have always believed that it is easier to go downhill than to go up.

    Tenting To-night Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • And, ma'am, I know that his brother will be the ruin of John; he'll go downhill fast, as many a fine young fellow has done.

    For John's Sake Annie Frances Perram
  • And then he explained to me that any fool can go uphill, but a Montenegrin is the only man who can go downhill.

    My Adventures as a Spy Robert Baden-Powell
  • The moment that we began to go downhill I perceived that we were in a position of the greatest danger.

  • He was afflicted with what the Western people called the 'swaleys,' and could not go downhill.

  • You go downhill to it from the street, and it is crowded on all sides but the front by other buildings.

    Letters from the Holy Land Elizabeth Butler
  • She did not often suffer from weariness any more, but she had, without knowing it, commenced to go downhill.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
Idioms and Phrases with go downhill

go downhill

Deteriorate, worsen, as in Ever since the recession began, the business has been going downhill . The figurative use of downhill for “decline” dates from the mid-1800s. Also see downhill all the way
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