verb (used with object)
- to break out of prison.
- to absent oneself without leave from one's military unit.
- to leave suddenly or mysteriously: Rumor has it that her husband has gone over the hill.
- relatively advanced in age.
- past one's prime.
Origin of hill
Definition for hill (2 of 3)
Definition for hill (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for hill
Johnson knew that the proposals he was going to send to the Hill would be divisive.
But then the summit gives way to the other side of the hill, and a childlike glee arises from the whooooosh of the descent.
We drove back down the hill, and the driver let me out near the Prado.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shakur remains very much alive, along with Hill, Morales, LeBeef and the others.
“I have never felt guilty about that cop,” Hill was quoted saying.
He was afraid that when he looked over the hill he would see nothing.When Buffalo Ran|George Bird Grinnell
Fine links at the top of the hill, not half a mile from the farm.Love Among the Chickens|P. G. Wodehouse
To pass the weary time Jones and Hill dabbled in and experimented with hypnotism and telepathy.Eastern Nights - and Flights|Alan Bott
Two weeks later a light filtered through the closed shutters of Young's residence on the hill.The Secret of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
Jerome, going to the mill one day shortly afterwards, reached the Means house as the Colonel was coming down the hill.Jerome, A Poor Man|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for hill (1 of 2)
- a conspicuous and often rounded natural elevation of the earth's surface, less high or craggy than a mountain
- (in combination)a hillside; a hilltop
- a heap or mound made by a person or animal
- (in combination)a dunghill
- informal beyond one's prime
- military slang absent without leave or deserting
Word Origin for hill
British Dictionary definitions for hill (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for hill
Old English hyll "hill," from Proto-Germanic *hulni- (cf. Middle Dutch hille, Low German hull "hill," Old Norse hallr "stone," Gothic hallus "rock," Old Norse holmr "islet in a bay," Old English holm "rising land, island"), from PIE root *kel- "to rise, be elevated, be prominent" (cf. Sanskrit kutam "top, skull;" Latin collis "hill," columna "projecting object," culmen "top, summit," cellere "raise," celsus "high;" Greek kolonos "hill," kolophon "summit;" Lithuanian kalnas "mountain," kalnelis "hill," kelti "raise"). Formerly including mountains, now usually confined to heights under 2,000 feet.
In Great Britain heights under 2,000 feet are generally called hills; 'mountain' being confined to the greater elevations of the Lake District, of North Wales, and of the Scottish Highlands; but, in India, ranges of 5,000 and even 10,000 feet are commonly called 'hills,' in contrast with the Himalaya Mountains, many peaks of which rise beyond 20,000 feet. [OED]
The term mountain is very loosely used. It commonly means any unusual elevation. In New England and central New York, elevations of from one to two thousand feet are called hills, but on the plains of Texas, a hill of a few hundred feet is called a mountain. [Ralph S. Tarr, "Elementary Geology," Macmillan, 1903]
Despite the differences in defining mountain systems, Penck (1896), Supan (1911) and Obst (1914) agreed that the distinction between hills, mountains, and mountain systems according to areal extent or height is not a suitable classification. ["Geographic Information Science and Mountain Geomorphology," 2004]
Phrase over the hill "past one's prime" is first recorded 1950.
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Idioms and Phrases with hill
see downhill all the way; go downhill; head for (the hills); make a mountain out of a molehill; not worth a dime (hill of beans); old as Adam (the hills); over the hill.