down hill

downhill

[adv., adj. doun-hil; n. doun-hil]
adverb
1.
down the slope of a hill; downward.
2.
into a worse or inferior condition: The business has been going downhill.
adjective
3.
going or tending downward on or as on a hill.
4.
free of problems or obstacles; easy: After the initial setbacks on the project, it was downhill all the way.
5.
of or pertaining to skiing downhill.
noun
6.
a timed ski race on a steep slope in which competitors take the most direct route to the finish line following a course with relatively few turns and attaining very high speeds.
Compare slalom.


Origin:
1585–95; down1 + hill

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downhill (ˈdaʊnˈhɪl)
 
adj
1.  going or sloping down
 
adv
2.  towards the bottom of a hill; downwards
3.  informal go downhill to decline; deteriorate
 
n
4.  the downward slope of a hill; descent
5.  a competitive event in which skiers are timed in a downhill run

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downhill
1590s (n.); 1650s (adv.), 1727 (adj.), from down (adv.) + hill. Meaning a downhill skiing race is from 1960.
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