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downhill

adverb down·hill \ ˌdau̇n-ˈhil \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

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

Examples of downhill in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of downhill

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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downhill

noun down·hill \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhil \

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of downhill

1548

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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downhill

adjective down·hill \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhil \

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
5 American football : relating to, employing, or being a style of running in which a ballcarrier moves powerfully forward into the line of scrimmage and down the field toward the opponent's end zone without a lot of movement toward the sidelines to avoid tacklers
  • a downhill runner
  • The Tigers use their tight ends as blockers. They're more suited to an assertive, downhill running game now.
  • —Bernie Miklasz

Examples of downhill in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of downhill

1622

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DOWNHILL Defined for English Language Learners

downhill

Definition of downhill for English Language Learners

  • : toward the bottom of a hill or mountain

  • : toward a worse state


downhill

Definition of downhill for English Language Learners

  • : a downhill skiing race


downhill

Definition of downhill for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DOWNHILL Defined for Kids

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downhill

adverb down·hill \ ˈdau̇n-ˈhil \

Definition of downhill for Students

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

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downhill

adjective down·hill \ ˈdau̇n-ˌhil \

Definition of downhill for Students

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


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