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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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STAFF at one of Liverpool's most famous buildings claim day-to-day maintenance standards have gone downhill since the council took it over.
It has gone downhill ever since corporal punishment was outlawed.
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Since Mr Blair came to power this country has gone downhill rapidly.
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But the petition claimed the estate had gone downhill considerably in the past year, that there was not enough contact with the residents and not enough fund-raising was being carried out.
Bring back the old textile industry GLANCING through a copy of the Huddersfield Official Handbook, I find it alarming how this town has gone downhill, as far as the Textile Industry goes.
Since the one-way system last year my business has gone downhill tremendously.