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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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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
Good news for families heading off for European ski holidays this winter - prices in the resorts are going downhill.
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.
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.
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.
He says he finds it impossible to keep to 30 mph without using his brakes when going downhill but isn't that precisely the kind of situation for which his vehicle has brakes in the first place?
I'm scared it's going downhill when everything was going so well.
News agency Bernama said the bus, travelling from Johor Bahru to the northern town of Alor Star, was going downhill when it hit the curb and went 20 yards off the road before overturning.
I had been sick for a long time, but suddenly I started going downhill really fast,'' said Dziubala, 69, also a Valencia resident.
Next to spinning the wheels, the quickest way to strip a tire is to lock the wheels of a fully loaded vehicle while going downhill.
Since the sprinter maintains speed while going downhill, the need to overstride diminishes.
Whereas a vanner in the 1930s might have landed the van upside down in a ditch and sat trapped while battery acid dripped down onto her tattered uniform (as did Miss Hasell), the hairiest it got for Lauren was a slightly worrying shimmy she felt when the van was going downhill.