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all downhill from here

1. Steadily worsening. Once my parents open my report card and see how bad my grades are, it's all downhill from here.
2. Increasingly easy (as if literally traveling downhill, as opposed to uphill). I'm sure I can finish the rest of the experiment on my own—it's all downhill from here.
See also: all, downhill, here

be downhill all the way

1. To be bad and steadily worsening. Once my parents opened my report card and saw how bad my grades were, it was downhill all the way—not a great night for me.
2. To be increasingly easy (as if one is literally traveling downhill, as opposed to uphill). I'm sure I can finish the rest of the experiment on my own—it's downhill all the way.
See also: all, downhill, way

downhill

1. In a state of getting steadily worse. Once my parents opened my report card and saw how bad my grades were, it was all downhill from there—not a great night for me.
2. Increasingly easy (as if one is literally traveling downhill, as opposed to uphill). I'm sure I can finish the rest of the experiment on my own—it's all downhill from here.

downhill all the way

1. Bad and steadily worsening. Once my parents opened my report card and saw how bad my grades were, it was downhill all the way—not a great night for me.
2. Increasingly easy (as if one is literally traveling downhill, as opposed to uphill). I'm sure I can finish the rest of the experiment on my own—it's downhill all the way.
See also: all, downhill, way

go downhill

To steadily worsen. After my parents opened my report card and saw how bad my grades were, it all went downhill from there. You better come to the hospital right away—Great-Uncle Edmund's health had really gone downhill.
See also: downhill, go

it's all downhill

1. Something is steadily worsening. Once my parents open my report card and see how bad my grades are, it's all downhill from there.
2. Something is increasingly easy (as if literally traveling downhill, as opposed to uphill). I'm sure I can finish the rest of the experiment on my own—it's all downhill from here.
See also: all, downhill

go downhill

[for something] to decline and grow worse and worse. This industry is going downhill. We lose money every year. As one gets older, one's health tends to go downhill.
See also: downhill, go

downhill all the way

Also, all downhill from here.
1. Easy from this point, without obstacles the rest of the way. For example, Once we had the basic design, it was downhill all the way.
2. Deteriorating or declining from this point on, as in When the cancer couldn't be removed, it was downhill all the way for him. The usage therefore needs to be clarified by the context to indicate which of these opposite meaning is intended. The figurative use of downhill dates from the late 1500s. Also see go downhill.
See also: all, downhill, way

go downhill

Deteriorate, worsen, as in Ever since the recession began, the business has been going downhill. The figurative use of downhill for "decline" dates from the mid-1800s. Also see downhill all the way.
See also: downhill, go

it's all downhill

Also, it's all uphill from here. See under downhill all the way.
See also: all, downhill

downhill all the way

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all downhill from here

COMMON
1. If a situation is downhill all the way or all downhill from here it continues to get worse until it ends. She came home, but it was downhill all the way. Cancer, I think. Now that I'm 50, it's all downhill from here. Note: You can also say that something is all downhill from there. The opening of the movie is great. Sadly, it's all downhill from there.
2. If a task is downhill all the way or all downhill from here, the most difficult part has been done and it is easier from that point. I had thought that once we reached halfway we would feel that it was downhill all the way now, but it didn't seem to work like that. With this game out of the way, it's all downhill from here because the remaining matches will be easy.
See also: all, downhill, way

go downhill

COMMON
1. If something goes downhill, it becomes worse or less successful. Since I started to work longer hours things have gone steadily downhill. We were amazed at the speed with which the weather was going downhill. Note: Downhill can be used in many structures connected with becoming worse or less successful. For the movie business, it was all downhill from there. His career was heading downhill fast.
2. If someone goes downhill, they become more ill. In February 1825 Maria became ill, was sent home, rapidly went downhill and died aged 11.
See also: downhill, go

be downhill all the way

1 be easy in comparison with what came before. 2 become worse or less successful.
See also: all, downhill, way

go downhill

become worse; deteriorate.
See also: downhill, go

(all) downˈhill

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ˌdownhill all the ˈway

(informal)
1 very easy compared with the difficulties that came before: It’s all downhill from here. We’ll soon be finished.I’ve done three out of the four parts of the course, so it should be downhill all the way from now on.
2 getting worse very quickly: I took on far too much work and after that it was downhill all the way for my health.

ˌgo downˈhill

get worse: My work has been going downhill ever since my divorce.This restaurant has definitely gone downhill since I last came here.
See also: downhill, go

go downhill

in. to decline. Things began to go downhill when the county cut the maintenance budget.
See also: downhill, go

go downhill

Deteriorate, decline. Although it would seem that going down a hill is easier than going up, downhill has meant a decline since the 1500s, although Daniel Defoe also used it in the sense of easy (“a very short cut, and all down hill,” Robinson Crusoe, 1719). An 1856 history of England had the sense of declining: “The monks had traveled swiftly on the downhill road of human corruption.”
See also: downhill, go
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JEONGSEON, South Korea -- Lindsey Vonn cast a quick glance toward the sky after finishing what was likely her final Olympic downhill run, shrugged her shoulders after seeing her time and shook a friendly index finger at her good friend.
The aim of this study was (a) to analyse the frequency, clinical causes, and significance of downhill varices detected during routine upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in an endoscopic center over a nine-year period, (b) to develop an endoscopic grading system of downhill varices, (c) to compare our finding with a review of all reported cases of downhill varices, and (d) to analyse these causes in connection with the underlying anatomy of esophageal vascular supply.
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Two hundred and twenty (94%) of the respondents stated that they did not want Downhills to become an academy, stating they were in support of Downhills school staying a local authority school.
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Hosp had been eighth after the downhill but the Austrian slalom specialist produced the third-fastest run of the day between the gates to climb six places and take home the silver.
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Participants were required to ski downhill before plunging into a pool of icy-cold water.
Removing the skins and re-affixing the heels of the boots allows for downhill skiing where the terrain suits.
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In fact the prestigious annual event, once again sponsored by Tees Active, seems to be approaching at a rapid speed comparable to downhill skier Sean Rose.
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Although it may not seem logical, you have to aim lower on both uphill and downhill shots than you would on flat ground at the same distance because your arrow doesn't drop as much at a given distance when it is going uphill or downhill.