One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Be easy in comparison with what came before.‘up by six runs in the eighth inning—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’
- ‘As a precocious child, he composed his Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream; it was pretty much downhill all the way after that.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘However, from here on in it's downhill all the way.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Post-Whitlam, it has been downhill all the way.’
- ‘No work, poverty, theft, social degradation, promiscuity, HIV-Aids, death - it's downhill all the way.’
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