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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Example sentences
The strong line of junipers in the parkway, marching resolutely downhill, was
  so insistent that you noticed little else.
As surely as water runs downhill, so will our infrastructure over the coming
  decade.
Together they set off farther downhill, with the trailing throng swelling into
  the thousands, with thousands more lining the road.
Coming back is downhill and my back was damp and getting cold.
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