One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Be easy in comparison with what came before.‘two-nil up—it should have been downhill all the way’
2Become worse or less successful.‘that had been the start of the present trouble—downhill all the way since then’
- ‘Ever since the group acquired - and overpaid for - the Belfast Telegraph, it has been downhill all the way.’
- ‘But after that the report goes downhill all the way.’
- ‘But once it transferred to BBC1 it became tired, clichéd and it was downhill all the way.’
- ‘Unfortunately it was pretty much downhill all the way to the end of the screening.’
- ‘No work, poverty, theft, social degradation, promiscuity, HIV-Aids, death - it's downhill all the way.’
- ‘Post-Whitlam, it has been downhill all the way.’
- ‘As a precocious child, he composed his Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream; it was pretty much downhill all the way after that.’
- ‘However, from here on in it's downhill all the way.’
- ‘But it's actually very true, we get to age 12 or so, scientists think, and from then on it's downhill all the way.’
- ‘Everyone looks up to the peak reached a decade ago - close to 40,000-and concludes that from that point on it has been downhill all the way for this country.’
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