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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.

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.
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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(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.
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go downhill

in. to decline. Things began to go downhill when the county cut the maintenance budget.
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Italy's Sofia Goggia, who edged Vonn to win the only World Cup downhill ever raced on this track in March, called Ledecka's double duty "one of the coolest things in the whole Olympics.
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Downhills was at the centre of an extremely vociferous national and local campaign against the imposition of academy status and the Harris Federation in particular.
We proposed to widen the consultation and included the option that Downhills should remain a local authority school as well as the option to become an academy or become an academy with the Harris Federation.
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.
06 seconds to win the downhill and beat his own record as the oldest World Cup race winner established last year at the age of 36.
35 seconds off the pace for his seventh podium in a World Cup downhill.
And defending Olympic downhill champion Carole Montillet-Carles of France lost control during a jump midway through her run and she slammed into the protective fencing.
ski team was expected to medal in women's moguls and the men's downhill, but was shut out of both opening events.
Terrific hill training can be accomplished on a treadmill, which provides a great opportunity for uphill work, at a variety of grades, without the downhill beating in between uphill work bouts.
International Ski Federation general secretary Gianfranco Kasper was philosophical when the downhill was called off.
That's the reason we have the downhill at the beginning.
It was a vast improvement from the ninth and 27th places that Vonn recorded in Bad Kleinkirchheim in a super-G and downhill, respectively, last weekend.
21 downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Vonn has had only one win this season a super-G in Val dIsere, France, more than a month ago.