Definition of hill in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɪl



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  • 1Form (something) into a heap.
  • 1.1Bank up (a plant) with soil: if frost threatens our new plants, we hill them up
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    • 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 beans
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  • 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.

over the hill

informal Old and past one’s best: a once famous ballerina, now over the hill
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  • 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.
past one's prime, not as young as one was, not as young as one used to be; in one's dotage, long in the tooth, as old as the hills; elderly, old, aged, senior, ancient, venerable; decrepit, doddering, doddery, not long for this world
informal past it, no spring chicken
formal senescent


Old English hyll, of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin collis and Greek kolōnos 'hill'.

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