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1downhill

adverb down·hill \ˌdan-ˈhil\

: toward the bottom of a hill or mountain

: toward a worse state

Full Definition of DOWNHILL

1
:  toward the bottom of a hill
2
:  toward a worsened or inferior state or level —used especially in the phrase go downhill
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Examples of DOWNHILL

  1. It is easier to ride a bike downhill than uphill.
  2. Her career is heading downhill.
  3. After his divorce, he went downhill fast.
  4. The service has gone downhill under the new owner.

First Known Use of DOWNHILL

14th century

2downhill

noun down·hill \ˈdan-ˌhil\

: a downhill skiing race

Full Definition of DOWNHILL

1
:  a descending slope
2
a :  the sport of skiing on downhill trails —often used attributively
b :  a skiing race against time down a trail <finished second in the downhill>

Examples of DOWNHILL

  1. <most runners will have their best splits on the downhills>

First Known Use of DOWNHILL

1548

3downhill

adjective down·hill \-ˌhil\

: going or sloping down toward the bottom of a hill or mountain

: not difficult : easy to do, deal with, etc.

: becoming worse or less successful

Full Definition of DOWNHILL

1
:  not difficult :  easy <after that problem the rest was downhill>
2
:  sloping downhill
3
:  closer to the bottom of an incline <your downhill ski>
4
:  progressively worse

Examples of DOWNHILL

  1. The second half of the hike is mostly downhill.
  2. The worst part is over. It's all downhill from here.
  3. The first part of the movie was pretty good, but after that it was all downhill.
  4. His career has been all downhill in recent years.

First Known Use of DOWNHILL

1622
DOWNHILL Defined for Kids

1downhill

adverb down·hill \ˈdan-ˈhil\

Definition of DOWNHILL for Kids

1
:  toward the bottom of a hill <Our bikes coasted downhill.>
2
:  toward a worse condition <Her career is heading downhill.>

2downhill

adjective down·hill \ˈdan-ˌhil\

Definition of DOWNHILL for Kids

1
:  sloping downward <a downhill path>
2
:  having to do with skiing down mountains

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