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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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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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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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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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go downhill

become worse; deteriorate.
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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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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.”
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"The quality of life is going to go downhill very fast if they get in again.
After the stile, go downhill towards the right, heading for the track that comes midway across the hill.
"And, every time there's a hiccup in the world politically, people look for a refuge in case things go downhill in their own country."
At that point, comments the Center for Policy Analysis, "the government will have to reduce by half its spending on other programs that are funded by income taxes, or increase income taxes by 50 percent." Matters go downhill from there.
FINS are about to go downhill for the grinning shark hunters hauling in this 1,200lb monster.
I have controls to ensure that things are as they should be; if I didn't, the business would go downhill and employees would go into business for themselves on my time and my dime.
I remember it, you go downhill, and the middle is flat and at the other end it's uphill.
It all started to go downhill when Labour came to power in 1997 with their cost-cutting and mountains of paperwork.
A cross between a skateboard and a mountain bike, this new plaything can go downhill as fast as a mountain bike but is much easier to ride.
"I'm not sure where to start looking for the unstable critical tori from which I could push off to go downhill," Sullivan notes.
The girlfriend dumps her, and things go downhill from there.
We have to do better over the holiday or this great season will start to go downhill very fast.
Things never go downhill, values just continue to increase."
The visitors needed to win to have any chance of getting into the end of season deciders but things started to go downhill when Trinidadian international Sam headed Wrexham ahead.
The ability to fly and fight retro Imperial and Rebel spaceships from the original movies has always been the series' selling point and Rogue Squadron III starts to go downhill when it veers away from the proven formula.