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uphill

[adverb, adjective uhp-hil; noun uhp-hil] /adverb, adjective ˈʌpˈhɪl; noun ˈʌpˌhɪl/
adverb
1.
up or as if up the slope of a hill or other incline; upward:
The soldiers marched uphill. Water does not run uphill without assistance.
adjective
2.
going or tending upward on or as if on a hill:
an uphill road.
3.
at a high place or point:
an uphill village.
4.
laboriously fatiguing or difficult:
an uphill struggle to become wealthy.
noun
5.
a rising terrain; ascent.
Origin of uphill
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; up- + hill
Synonyms
4. arduous, hard, strenuous, taxing, grueling.
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Examples from the Web for uphill
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  • There was no match in the country for Peter when it came to a long, uphill chase.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He has no intention of fighting an uphill battle; he keeps the roadway of politics.

    Gorgias Plato
  • It'll be uphill both ways from there an' we can't budge her an inch.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • It was uphill work trying to hold out for the remaining 35 runs.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • If it was downhill to the city it would be uphill coming back.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for uphill

uphill

/ˈʌpˈhɪl/
adjective
1.
inclining, sloping, or leading upwards
2.
requiring arduous and protracted effort: an uphill task
adverb
3.
up an incline or slope; upwards
4.
against difficulties
noun
5.
a rising incline; ascent
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Word Origin and History for uphill
adj.

1610s, from up + hill.

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