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.


Nearby words

  1. go by,
  2. go cup,
  3. go down,
  4. go down in history,
  5. go down the drain,
  6. go dutch,
  7. go easy,
  8. go far,
  9. go fish,
  10. go fly a kite

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