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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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He went up to the top, turned back again and started mowing, and they all proceeded to form in line behind him, going downhill through the hollow and uphill right up to the edge of the forest.
They should adhere to them to the letter," he said.Eye witnesses said that the truck was going downhill when the driver lost control and tried driving into a nearby primary school.
I Don't Know Why I don't know why Certain factories can Be allowed to pollute The air and rivers Mother nature is beautiful And the wildlife Needs protected and Not neglected I didn't know why It takes so long To elect new leaders And sort out Europe I don't know why This country is Going downhill Although it's a Information age And it's good and fast The global village Is not working together In unity I wonder Why there is trouble The north south divide Is a mess it needs Sorted out and why Not push forward Electric cars more sooner Pollution is at Breaking point We are caretakers of the Planet, I don't know why KENNETH MOOD
It was a beautiful town when I was a boy in the 1950's but it started going downhill when Thatcher got in.
According to an initial report from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Joy bus (TXZ 585) was going downhill in Barangay Dianawan, Maria Aurora town, at 6:10 a.m., when the driver Jesus Onod, 40, lost control of the vehicle causing it to go wayward before it toppled over on its left side.
Good news for families heading off for European ski holidays this winter - prices in the resorts are going downhill. A study of 16 favourite destinations by Post Office Travel Money and Crystal Ski Holidays found that costs for ski and boot hire, lift passes and ski school plus a typical lunch on the slopes and drinks for two adults and two children are down year-on-year in two-thirds of resorts.
It's a bit of an effort to pull any function Entertainer Nicholas Parsons, 93, when asked whether he still had sexual desire You're aware of sky, ground, sky, ground, sky, ground and comparing it to being in a tumble dryer full of bricks going downhill Richard Hammond on his crash in Switzerland I am so passe that I did my job in No 10 without a mobile phone or a computer.
I just read in G&A that Marlin has been going downhill, with obsolete machinery.
"Things are going well for me at the moment and I feel that I'm no longer going downhill so fast.
But Richard Ash, chair of the Margate Town Team, admitted in a recent interview: "The graph plotting Poportunity's progress has been going downhill like a toboggan since October."
The 200-metre-long race track is equipped with ramps and jumps and going downhill and it can see speeds up to 35 kilometres per hour.
I decided to move out of the area in 1986 because I could then see that the district was going downhill rapidly.
Because thriving for years and years and all of a sudden going downhill like this is obviously the council's fault.
Come off it, Jim, Newcastle have been going downhill for years.