Definition of downhill in English:

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Pronunciation: /dounˈhil/


1Toward the bottom of a slope: he ran downhill follow the road downhill
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  • Follow the cobbles downhill and through a gate to reach the canal's lower level on the left.
  • The route drops to a dead-end road called Smearbottom Lane further uphill, but downhill it becomes Hawthorns Lane and we took its very steep and metalled surface.
  • Obviously the logical answer is that it always flows downhill, and it is an illusion that the road's length slants upwards.
1.1Into a steadily worsening situation: his marriage continued to slide downhill the business is going downhill fast
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  • The half of the film that is a story that you could watch never knowing or caring that there were more parts to follow, starts off at good and goes downhill.
  • Things started to go downhill the following year when he walked out of West Indies' tour of England after a dressing room row but was persuaded to return days later.
  • Unfortunately, the rest of the cd goes downhill from there.


1Leading down toward the bottom of a slope: the route is downhill for part of the way
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  • There are subtle inclines and subtler downhill slopes.
  • ‘There is no chance that any new downhill slopes will be developed at any of the existing centres or at any new locations,’ he says.
  • Now, consider that - on a good day with a downhill slope and the blessing of some higher power - the Rickshaw can hit 30 mph.
1.1Relating to the sport of skiing or cycling downhill: the world downhill champion
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  • Favorite winter sports include cross-country and downhill skiing, and long-distance skating.
  • For some sports like downhill skiing and gymnastics, they're eight times more susceptible.
  • And when exactly was general downhill skiing and snowboarding considered an ‘extreme’ sport?
1.2Leading to a steadily worsening situation: the downhill road to delinquency
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  • This was the start of the downhill road that is his health.
  • It's downhill from there, a situation not helped by the BBC constantly reviving it because they feel the need to get a Christmas blockbuster.
  • Seventy-four and a half per cent of this province's college faculty have voted to strike in protest of the downhill slide of the quality of college education.
1.3Without difficulty or challenge: we can take the easy road, the downhill road, or we can put America on the path to greatness again
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  • I was hoping it would be a downhill slope from here, and I guess in a way, it is.


1A downward slope.
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  • I muscled my way up inclines and picked up speed on the rocky downhills.
  • He and his training partner readily accommodate me and my reporter's notebook, although, to be honest, they'd rather do these repeats on an unpaved trail that didn't shred their quads on the downhills.
  • The downhills were far more punishing than I thought they would be.
2 Skiing A downhill race.
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  • After his victory in the season-opening giant slalom, Miller won two downhills and finished second in two super-G races.
  • The three Bulgarian skiers have confirmed their places in the slalom, giant and super giant slalom and he will even ski in the downhill.
  • The 27-year-old American won the season's opening two downhills and finished third the last two races.
2.1The activity of downhill skiing.
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  • Being the type of person I am, I like the thrill - that's probably why I like downhill.
  • The beauty of the older cable bindings was their usefulness for both touring and downhill.


be downhill all the way

1Be easy in comparison with what came before: up by six runs in the eighth inning—it should have been downhill all the way
2Become worse or less successful: that had been the start of the present trouble—downhill all the way since then
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  • Everyone looks up to the peak reached a decade ago - close to 40,000-and concludes that from that point on it has been downhill all the way for this country.
  • Post-Whitlam, it has been downhill all the way.
  • But after that the report goes downhill all the way.

Words that rhyme with downhill

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