go downhill


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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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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.
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.
Rochdale began to go downhill after this, and they relied a lot on Edwards to pull them through the second half.
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.
Given that many Oscar ceremonies begin with a killer opening only for everything to go downhill from there, Sunday's telecast was a refreshing change of pace.
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.
On the same subject, I think the council should take a walk along Broadway: lately, it's starting to go downhill with rubbish everywhere.
He said the neighborhood ``started to go downhill about three or four years ago.
I have lived on Mason Avenue, north of Saticoy, for 43 years and have really seen our street go downhill with no relief in sight.