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uphill

[adv., adj. uhp-hil; n. uhp-hil] /adv., adj. ˈʌpˈhɪl; n. ˈʌpˌhɪl/
adverb
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.
adjective
2.
going or tending upward on or as if on a hill:
an uphill road.
3.
at a high place or point:
an uphill village.
4.
laboriously fatiguing or difficult:
an uphill struggle to become wealthy.
noun
5.
a rising terrain; ascent.
Origin of uphill
1540-1550
1540-50; up- + hill
Synonyms
4. arduous, hard, strenuous, taxing, grueling.
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  • Sonning village itself is very irregular, uphill and downhill, with roads all ways.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • Away, away, uphill and downhill they tore as fast as the wind.

    Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Of the two, the woman was the more laboured; and presently he noticed what uphill work it was, and sighed.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • If it is wrongly launched, it will have an uphill climb, whatever its virtues.

  • On Little's entrance the pupil retired front his uphill work, and glowered with vacillating eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for uphill

uphill

/ˈʌpˈhɪl/
adjective
1.
inclining, sloping, or leading upwards
2.
requiring arduous and protracted effort: an uphill task
adverb
3.
up an incline or slope; upwards
4.
against difficulties
noun
5.
a rising incline; ascent
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Word Origin and History for uphill
adj.

1610s, from up + hill.

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