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[adv., adj. doun-hil; n. doun-hil] /adv., adj. ˈdaʊnˈhɪl; n. ˈdaʊnˌhɪl/
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 relating 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
1585-1595
1585-95; down1 + hill
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Examples from the web for downhill
  • 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.
  • Once your quality of life slides far enough downhill, you realize that.
  • It has gone way downhill, becoming more of an opinion rag than a science magazine.
  • If energy is inputted into a system its open and entropy has to wait for its turn to cause the downhill slide.
  • Have the solar energy power turbines that transfer water from a downhill lake to an uphill lake.
  • It is fair to say that the journal's prose style has rushed downhill since those first lyrical pages.
  • It is not only the opposition that thinks the president has set off on a downhill path.
British Dictionary definitions for downhill

downhill

/ˈdaʊnˈhɪl/
adjective
1.
going or sloping down
adverb
2.
towards the bottom of a hill; downwards
3.
(informal) go downhill, to decline; deteriorate
noun
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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Word Origin and History for downhill

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for downhill

downhill

adjective
  1. Simple and easy: nearly done and all downhill from here (1719+)
  2. : a downhill prospect
adverb

To a worse condition; to the bad: all trends ineluctably downhill (1795+)

noun

The final half of a prison sentence or a military enlistment (1930+ Prison)

Related Terms

go downhill


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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