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(it's) all uphill from here

(Something is) very difficult or challenging from this point on. Well, we're down 17-1—it's all uphill from here, fellas. Getting the proposal approved was the easy part. The rest of the project is all uphill from here.
See also: all, here, uphill

an uphill battle

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill battle. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill battle ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
See also: battle, uphill

an uphill fight

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill fight. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill fight ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
See also: fight, uphill

an uphill job

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill job. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill job ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
See also: job, uphill

an uphill struggle

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill struggle. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill struggle ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
See also: struggle, uphill

an uphill task

A task that is very daunting from the outset and continues to be challenging. The incumbent is so popular that defeating her will be an uphill task. I'm terrible at math, so I have a real uphill task ahead of me if I want to improve my grade in Algebra.
See also: task, uphill

it's all downhill

1. Something is steadily worsening. Once my parents open my report card and see how bad my grades are, it's all downhill from there.
2. Something is increasingly easy (as if literally traveling downhill, as opposed to uphill). I'm sure I can finish the rest of the experiment on my own—it's all downhill from here.
See also: all, downhill

when I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both ways

A humorous phrase typically directed at someone younger than the speaker, so as to underscore challenges that the younger generation does not have to endure. The phrase has many variants, usually with more details added for increasingly outrageous emphasis, such as "I walked to school uphill both ways barefoot." Grandpa always used to tell me, "When I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both way," but I didn't believe him. Kids today are so spoiled! When I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both ways in the snow, with no shoes or jacket!
See also: both, school, uphill, walk, way

when I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways

A humorous phrase typically directed at someone younger than the speaker, used to underscore challenges that the younger generation does not have to endure. The phrase has many variants, usually with more details added for increasingly outrageous emphasis, such as "I walked to school uphill both ways in the snow." Grandpa always used to tell me, "When I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways," but I didn't believe him. Kids today are so spoiled! When I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways in the snow, with no shoes or jacket!
See also: both, school, uphill, walk, way
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uphill battle

 and uphill struggle
Fig. a hard struggle. Convincing the senator to see our point of view was an uphill battle, but we finally succeeded.
See also: battle, uphill
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

it's all downhill

Also, it's all uphill from here. See under downhill all the way.
See also: all, downhill
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.

an uphill ˈstruggle/ˈbattle/ˈtask

something that is difficult and takes a lot of effort over a long period of time: After the recent scandal, he faces an uphill struggle to win back public support before the next election.
See also: battle, struggle, task, uphill
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References in classic literature ?
Straight before us the white ribbon of Solomon's Great Road stretched away uphill to the foot of the centre peak, about five miles from us, and there stopped.
With his head slightly lowered he sheered round corners, strode uphill, and met the blast.
A devout lady, to whom some friend had presented one of my books, used to say when asked how she was getting on with it, 'Sal, it's dreary, weary, uphill work, but I've wrastled through with tougher jobs in my time, and, please God, I'll wrastle through with this one.' It was in this spirit, I fear, though she never told me so, that my mother wrestled for the next year or more with my leaders, and indeed I was always genuinely sorry for the people I saw reading them.
Ease into hill training by running over hilly courses a couple of times a week, increasing the intensity slightly on the uphills. This will also help you to get ready for hill repeats, which are more intense.