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[adverb, adjective uhp-hil; noun uhp-hil]
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  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.
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  1. going or tending upward on or as if on a hill: an uphill road.
  2. at a high place or point: an uphill village.
  3. laboriously fatiguing or difficult: an uphill struggle to become wealthy.
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  1. a rising terrain; ascent.
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Origin of uphill

First recorded in 1540–50; up- + hill


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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.



  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for uphill


  1. inclining, sloping, or leading upwards
  2. requiring arduous and protracted effortan uphill task
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  1. up an incline or slope; upwards
  2. against difficulties
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  1. a rising incline; ascent
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Word Origin and History for uphill


1610s, from up + hill.

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