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downhill

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adverb down·hill \ˌdau̇n-ˈhil\

Simple Definition of downhill

  • : toward the bottom of a hill or mountain

  • : toward a worse state

Full Definition of downhill

  1. 1 :  toward the bottom of a hill

  2. 2 :  toward a worsened or inferior state or level —used especially in the phrase go downhill

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.



14th Century

First Known Use of downhill

14th century


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downhill

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noun down·hill \ˈdau̇n-ˌhil\

Simple Definition of downhill

  • : a downhill skiing race

Full Definition of downhill

  1. 1 :  a descending slope

  2. 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>



1548

First Known Use of downhill

1548


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downhill

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adjective down·hill \-ˌhil\

Simple Definition of downhill

  • : 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. 1 :  not difficult :  easy <after that problem the rest was downhill>

  2. 2 :  sloping downhill

  3. 3 :  closer to the bottom of an incline <your downhill ski>

  4. 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.



1622

First Known Use of downhill

1622


DOWNHILL Defined for Kids

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downhill

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adverb down·hill \ˈdau̇n-ˈhil\

Definition of downhill

  1. 1 :  toward the bottom of a hill <Our bikes coasted downhill.>

  2. 2 :  toward a worse condition <Her career is heading downhill.>




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downhill

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adjective down·hill \ˈdau̇n-ˌhil\

Definition of downhill

  1. 1 :  sloping downward <a downhill path>

  2. 2 :  having to do with skiing down mountains





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