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
SYNONYMS FOR hill
Related formshill·er, nounun·der·hill, noun
British Dictionary definitions for over the 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
Derived Formshiller, nounhilly, adjective
Word Origin for hill
British Dictionary definitions for over the hill (2 of 2)
Medicine definitions for over the hill
Idioms and Phrases with over the hill (1 of 2)
over the hill
Past one's prime, as in I'm a little over the hill to be playing contact sports. This term, alluding to a climber who has reached a mountaintop and is now descending, has been used figuratively for the decline caused by aging since the mid-1900s.
Idioms and Phrases with over the hill (2 of 2)
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.