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1. Down the slope of a hill.
2. Toward a lower or worse condition: The alcoholic's health went downhill fast.
adj. (doun′hĭl′)
1. Sloping downward; descending.
2. Sports Of, relating to, or constituting skiing down a slope: a downhill racer.
3. Marked by deterioration or worsening performance; worse: felt his best days were behind him and that his future could be downhill from now on.
4. Involving fewer challenges or less difficulty than before; easier: The worst is over—it's all downhill from here.
1. A downhill skiing race on a course without slalom gates.
2. A downward gradient; a descending slope.
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going or sloping down
1. towards the bottom of a hill; downwards
2. go downhill informal to decline; deteriorate
3. (Physical Geography) the downward slope of a hill; descent
4. (Skiing) a competitive event in which skiers are timed in a downhill run
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(adv. ˈdaʊnˈhɪl; adj., n. ˈdaʊnˌhɪl)

1. down the slope of a hill; downward.
2. into a worse condition.
3. going downward on or as if on a hill.
4. free of obstacles; easy.
5. of or pertaining to skiing downhill: a downhill skier.
6. a timed ski race down a steep trail.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downhill - the downward slope of a hilldownhill - the downward slope of a hill  
declivity, downslope, declination, declension, fall, decline, descent - a downward slope or bend
2.downhill - a ski race down a trail
ski race, skiing race - a race between people wearing skis
Adj.1.downhill - sloping down rather steeply
descending - coming down or downward
Adv.1.downhill - toward a lower or inferior state; "your performance has been going downhill for a long time now"
2.downhill - toward the bottom of a hill; "running downhill, he gained a lot of speed"
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A. ADVcuesta abajo
to go downhill [road] → bajar; [car] → ir cuesta abajo (fig) [person] → ir cuesta abajo; [industry] → estar en declive, estar de capa caída; [company] → ir de mal en peor
B. ADJen pendiente; [skiing] → de descenso
it was downhill all the way after that (fig) (= got easier) → a partir de entonces la cosa fue más fácil; (= got worse) → a partir de entonces la cosa fue de mal en peor
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[roll, walk] → vers le bas, en bas
to go downhill (lit)descendre (fig) (= deteriorate) [business, career, situation] → péricliter
[face, look] → en aval, vers l'aval
adj [ski run] → de descente; [skier, champion] → de descente downhill racedownhill race ndescente f
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[ˌdaʊnˈhɪl] adv to go downhill (road) → andare in discesa; (car) → andare giù per la discesa (fig) (person) → lasciarsi andare; (business) → andare sempre peggio
downhill race (Ski) → gara di discesa (libera)
downhill racer → discesista m/f
downhill ski → sci m inv a valle
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(daun) adverb
1. towards or in a low or lower position, level or state. He climbed down to the bottom of the ladder.
2. on or to the ground. The little boy fell down and cut his knee.
3. from earlier to later times. The recipe has been handed down in our family for years.
4. from a greater to a smaller size, amount etc. Prices have been going down steadily.
5. towards or in a place thought of as being lower, especially southward or away from a centre. We went down from Glasgow to Bristol.
1. in a lower position on. Their house is halfway down the hill.
2. to a lower position on, by, through or along. Water poured down the drain.
3. along. The teacher's gaze travelled slowly down the line of children.
to finish (a drink) very quickly, especially in one gulp. He downed a pint of beer.
ˈdownward adjective
leading, moving etc down. a downward curve.
ˈdownward(s) adverb
towards a lower position or state. The path led downward (s) towards the sea.
down-and-ˈout noun, adjective
(a person) having no money and no means of earning a living. a hostel for down-and-outs.
ˌdown-at-ˈheel adjective
shabby, untidy and not well looked after or well-dressed.
ˈdowncast adjective
(of a person) depressed; in low spirits. a downcast expression.
ˈdownfall noun
a disastrous fall, especially a final failure or ruin. the downfall of our hopes.
ˌdownˈgrade verb
to reduce to a lower level, especially of importance. His job was downgraded.
ˌdownˈhearted adjective
depressed and in low spirits, especially lacking the inclination to carry on with something. Don't be downhearted! – we may yet win.
ˌdownˈhill adverb
1. down a slope. The road goes downhill all the way from our house to yours.
2. towards a worse and worse state. We expected him to die, I suppose, because he's been going steadily downhill for months.
downˈhill racing noun
racing downhill on skis.
downˈhill skiing noun
ˌdown-in-the-ˈmouth adjective
miserable; in low spirits.
down payment
a payment in cash, especially to begin the purchase of something for which further payments will be made over a period of time.
ˈdownpour noun
a very heavy fall of rain.
ˈdownright adverb
plainly; there's no other word for it. I think he was downright rude!
He is a downright nuisance!
ˈdownstairs adjective
, ˌdownˈstairsadverb on or towards a lower floor. He walked downstairs; I left my book downstairs; a downstairs flat.
ˌdownˈstream adverb
further along a river towards the sea. We found/rowed the boat downstream.
ˌdown-to-ˈearth adjective
practical and not concerned with theories, ideals etc. She is a sensible, down-to-earth person.
ˈdowntown adjective
(American) the part (of a city) containing the main centres for business and shopping. downtown Manhattan.
ˌdownˈtown adverb
(also down town) in or towards this area. to go downtown; I was down town yesterday.
ˈdown-trodden adjective
badly treated; treated without respect. a down-trodden wife.
be/go down with
to be or become ill with. The children all went down with measles.
down on one's luck
having bad luck.
down tools
to stop working. When the man was sacked his fellow workers downed tools and walked out.
down with
get rid of. Down with the dictator!
get down to
to begin working seriously at or on. I must get down to some letters!
suit (someone) down to the ground
to suit perfectly. That arrangement will suit me down to the ground.
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References in classic literature ?
And others are there who go along heavily and creakingly, like carts taking stones downhill: they talk much of dignity and virtue--their drag they call virtue!
He never forgot to put on the brake as we went downhill, nor to take it off at the right place.
She ran downhill a few yards flapping her shawl, and then she jumped off into the air.
It is a military axiom not to advance uphill against the enemy, nor to oppose him when he comes downhill.
Lady Arabella took in her hand a small key which hung at the end of her watch-chain, and moved to a small door, low down, round the corner, and a little downhill from the edge of the Brow.
But it was on the steep downhill marches, three thousand feet in three hours, that he went utterly away from Kim, whose back ached with holding back, and whose big toe was nigh cut off by his grass sandal-string.
Next instant he was rolling over and over downhill with Kim at his throat.
Prince Bagration, having reached the highest point of our right flank, began riding downhill to where the roll of musketry was heard but where on account of the smoke nothing could be seen.
Wilcox from the other forces that were pulling Leonard downhill. Consequently, I was full of pity, and almost of revenge.
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.
It was all the way downhill, and we had the loveliest summer weather for it.
It was fine open walking here, upon the summit; our way lay a little downhill, for, as I have said, the plateau tilted towards the west.