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[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
1540-1550
1540-50; up- + hill
Synonyms
4. arduous, hard, strenuous, taxing, grueling.
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  • It's called heli-hiking, and once you try it, you'll never hoof it uphill for a view again.
  • One mile of uphill hiking puts you behind the falls cascading off a rock cliff.
  • Varied topography allows hikers to choose between leisurely strolls and intensive uphill climbs.
  • The rest of us followed well-worn sheep paths uphill-scrambling over rocks, slipping on pebbly scree.
  • It was an uphill trudge, introducing scientific animal care.
  • Again, the uphill ski is slightly advanced, and the weight is on the downhIll ski.
  • He followed the fence a few blocks before circling back uphill on what appeared to be a commercial street.
  • As the astronauts scoot along uphill, they will be de- scribing the terrain.
  • They drive on dark roads and then get out of the car and stumble uphill through the underbrush.
  • Delivering on these promises has been an uphill struggle.
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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