- 1A naturally raised area of land, not as high or craggy as a mountain.More example sentences
- The instructions were to design a simple landscape sketch using a minimum of five to six land forms - hills, mountains, lakes and so on.
- Forests, meadow land, rolling hills and mountains, all populated with small villages, are on the menu.
- The tribes, rightly, are required to show their connections with various rivers, mountains, hills, and land sites.
- 1.1A sloping piece of road or trail: they were climbing a steep hill in low gearMore example sentences
- The course has steep hills, and the roads sweep wide, then narrow to cobblestones.
- A tricky road, on a hill where the cars, as they coast down, can't help but nudge over 30.
- The customer also added that the car seemed to run strange whenever she was descending a hill or steep grade.
- 1.2A heap or mound of something: a hill of sliding shingleMore example sentences
- The couscous plate is a hill of semoule with carrots, chickpeas, a potato, two merguez and savoury broth.
- It is a position that has long been no more than a hill of rhetorical dung.
- Dip in to any part of the page and it's like lifting a rock off a hill of sleaze.
- 2 (the Hill) • informal short for Capitol Hill.
verb[with object] Back to top
- 1.1Bank up (a plant) with soil: if frost threatens our new plants, we hill them upMore example sentences
- Soil hilled up around the corn plant as it grows stimulates further axillary root formation.
- An alternative to this is hilling up the stem with more soil when it is 10-12 inches tall.
- The process is known as hilling and is done just before the ground is likely to freeze solid.
a hill of beans
- [with negative] North American • informal A thing of little value: the problems of one old actor don’t amount to a hill of beansMore example sentences
- So for those patients and for their families and loved ones, I think this is a hill of bean.
- The problem at the Norfolk, Va., storage facility wasn't just a hill of beans.
- I'll write stuff or get on talk shows in front of millions and sneak in a few quips to try and entertain as well, but that really is a hill of beans.
as old as the hills
- see old.
over the hill
- • informal Old and past one’s prime.More example sentences
- In the movie, Rocky will be a lonely, over the hill and impoverished loser, unloved by everyone and a shadow of his former mighty self.
- I had my second child at 39 and that really was considered over the hill.
- Of course she is completely over the hill and everyone knows it.
up hill and down dale
- see up.
Old English hyll, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin collis and Greek kolōnos 'hill'.