Definition of uphill in English:



  • In an ascending direction up a hill or slope.

    ‘follow the track uphill’
    • ‘Towards the end as we retraced our steps uphill a second time I was wondering if I'd make it.’
    • ‘The farm road is now followed for about a mile and climbs uphill past farm buildings to reveal wide views of the West Pennines.’
    • ‘While the track begins as a circuitous path uphill it soon becomes little more than sploshes of red and white paint, marking the way, across slippery mountain rocks.’
    • ‘Another bulldozed track now runs uphill west to the summit of the cliff.’
    • ‘Lost in my musing, I tripped as the path began to slope uphill toward the castle.’
    • ‘Sisyphus was condemned to roll a rock uphill all day, every day.’
    • ‘But if you head uphill a few yards towards the old town, there are a dozen buildings all with rooftop restaurants giving breathtaking views over the bay.’
    • ‘Pass through the ruins of the hall and house and continue along the main track which bears right and heads uphill to a gate and path junction.’
    • ‘A few feet beyond the sign a footpath leaves the road on the right and climbs uphill through the trees.’
    • ‘But it's more difficult - like going uphill - to analyse their behaviour and guess at their internal structure.’
    • ‘They near the last leg of their journey, when the slope turns forever uphill.’
    • ‘Most walking routes went uphill a lot and I struggled.’
    • ‘‘The bike ride is over 4,000 metres uphill and I did not know if I'd do it before the cut off point,’ she explained.’
    • ‘Beyond the woods the path zig-zags steeply uphill and enters a pass between the east slopes of Arkle and the south west slopes of Meall Horn.’
    • ‘It sloped uphill and from where they stood they could see the fiery sea of lava below.’
    • ‘Arriving at the other side, the kids strap on their backpacks and climb two more kilometres uphill to go to school.’
    • ‘Ignore the footpath but follow the lane and keep to it for about half a mile. It meanders past houses, crosses a stream and climbs uphill, bearing right then left through open country.’
    • ‘The path now climbs uphill with the wall immediately on your right.’
    • ‘The cave slopes uphill about 12 [degrees], and the floor is littered with blocks of limestone.’
    • ‘Down at the beach, benches had been uprooted and hurled 30 yards uphill.’
    up, upward, uphill, towards a higher level, to the top
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  • 1Sloping upward; ascending.

    ‘the journey is slightly uphill’
    • ‘On one side there was a gentle uphill slope that permitted shots out to about 250 yards.’
    • ‘The Air America pilot who came to check out the airstrip gave it his OK despite a dip in the middle and an uphill slope to the whole strip.’
    • ‘For ascending turns, rotate your uphill ski first.’
    • ‘The men have to lug a 50 kg bag of coal and run close on a mile - 1,108-yards - on an uphill course before dropping their sacks of coal at the foot of the maypole.’
    • ‘The accident happened last September when an ambulance taking a patient to hospital met slow uphill traffic on the road to Scarborough near East Ayton.’
    • ‘Sighing, she sat with her back to the uphill slope, much steeper than the one she had just climbed, and considered her situation.’
    • ‘It is a loud, muddy, uphill and physically demanding exercise.’
    • ‘The collective wisdom of cyclists is that the wind is always against you and that uphill slopes inexplicably outnumber downhill ones.’
    • ‘Car-less people with housing problems face a ride to Viau metro station and either a trip on the 132 bus, or a 10-minute, uphill walk.’
    • ‘A steep, uphill climb into the Yoho Valley followed.’
    upward, rising, ascending, climbing, mounting
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    1. 1.1Requiring great effort; difficult.
      ‘an uphill struggle to gain worldwide recognition’
      • ‘He says it's been an uphill battle from the start.’
      • ‘And their battle to get Europe moving again, thanks to what's going on around them, may now be much less of an uphill one.’
      • ‘With an uphill struggle before her, Carly battled bravely in the final 1, 500m run but just missed out on GB selection with seventh place.’
      • ‘Or, if that seems too uphill a task, he could try debating the subject with the incoming leader of a key trade union, Derek Simpson of Amicus.’
      • ‘They have also begun a new book on their uphill legal battle.’
      • ‘The battle was always an uphill one, but when the votes were counted, just how tough the fight was became clear.’
      • ‘Challenging those deep-rooted views of graffiti may seem like an uphill battle when you consider that, depending on what side of the fence you sit, graffiti can either mean art or vandalism.’
      • ‘Having witnessed these proceedings and listened carefully to what members of the committee had to say, I really do fear for the stability of the club during its tremendous uphill struggle.’
      • ‘Sanders and his team (all other team members are from other Canadian universities) have faced an uphill battle in completing their project.’
      • ‘We fail to appreciate and respect the uphill struggle that so many people face courageously and cleverly every day in what should be a simple choice for survival.’
      • ‘As a result, achieving any change in society is always an uphill and often thankless task.’
      • ‘But, for all their efforts, Ireland now face an uphill struggle and the probability is that the fates will not be on their side.’
      • ‘Have you ever noticed that institutional buildings face a huge uphill struggle to be welcoming, no matter how hard they try to soften their hard edges?’
      • ‘And the White House concedes it's an uphill fight right now to get public support and to get congressional support for that initiative.’
      • ‘But the battle against terrorism in Africa is an uphill one.’
      • ‘The first term has been rocky, uphill and decidedly testing.’
      • ‘Last week it was at it again, with Stuart Rose speaking of an uphill task to turn the company around, a fall in half-year profits and ‘difficult’ current trading.’
      • ‘As a party, we have an uphill struggle; not only to convince the electorate that we are worth voting for, but to convince our own members that it is worth staying and fighting.’
      • ‘Attempts are still being made to adapt it to modern circumstances without losing its distinctive identity, but the struggle is an uphill one.’
      • ‘Obviously it's an uphill struggle, but what this area now has in terms of prosperity is thanks to a Labour Government.’
      arduous, difficult, hard, tough, taxing, demanding, exacting, stiff, formidable, heavy, exhausting, tiring, wearying, wearisome, fatiguing, laborious, gruelling, back-breaking, murderous, punishing, burdensome, onerous, herculean
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  • An upward slope.

    • ‘All the reinforced fencing, railroad ties, and flying buttresses can keep the uphill from sliding downhill for only so long.’
    • ‘An advanced skater only uses a side-to-side arm swing for short sprints at a race starting line or for steep uphills.’
    • ‘The race is awash with talk of how the organizers set out to make things difficult for the skiers this year, with so many uphills and technical approaches to the finish lines this year.’
    • ‘My feet were so heavy I could barely pick them up, let alone jog along beside the sled to give the dogs a breather on the uphill.’
    • ‘Incredibly strong winds, and countless steep grades, and uphills, and the strain of a heavy trailer, and a worn differential made for low traveling speed.’
    • ‘This is a long uphill, steep at times, and it was tough going for the children, though they all made it.’
    • ‘The trails should provide a skiing flow so there aren't too many long uphills or sharp turns at the bottom of steep downhills.’
    • ‘Don't beat up on yourself if you find you are stopping every couple of hundred yards, particularly on the uphills.’
    • ‘He even overtook Denmark's Mickael Rasmussen, who had started out six minutes before him but had a disastrous ride on the tricky and technical route's sharp bends, fast downhills and tiring uphills.’
    • ‘Power walk all the uphills in a race, no matter how small.’
    • ‘To me it makes more sense to only control certain sections of a course where regular classical skiing techniques are the obvious way to go, such as on the uphills.’
    • ‘The terrain was the most difficult part, the downhills and uphills and the constant changing of pace.’