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The phrase 'It is all downhill here' is a dual meaning word. Have you ever thought of it?

Updated on April 22, 2015

Different people think differently about the phrase "It is all downhill from here". The phrase "It is all downhill from here" depends on the implementation of respective people. The ohrase "It is all downhill from here" is a common idiom now and is used in the movies, office and in daily life. There are a lot of historical stories with the phrase "It is all downhill from here". Here hill is a metaphor for life.

History of the phrase "It is all downhill from here":

  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" is a 19th Century concept relating to a woman being a spinster and past marriageable age, i.e. after 26 years old.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" persisted in the 20th century due to sexism, but is no longer relevant now in this context as it was originally used.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" is originally used to slander woman who are not clever enough or pretty enough to let a man chase them until they caught him.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" is 1000 years old and originated in Greek mythology with Sisyphus who was condemned to push a boulder uphill for his whole life.

The phrase "It is all downhill from here" meaning to pessimist people:

  • Some people think it is worst possible situation when the phrase "It is all downhill from here" is uttered.
  • If you are travelling on a summit and your destination is at the valley. The phrase "It is all downhill from here" means there are no ways things can get better.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" could mean you have had the best you are going to get and nothing that follows could be as good.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" could mean you are not putting any effort into anything and you are not going anywhere but down. As the phrase "It is all uphill from here" is having to work for something you want.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" is negatively used in terms of age. For example after the age of 60 "It is all downhill from here" because you are coming to an end of your life and old age, sickness and death starts bothering you.
  • In case of finances, the phrase "It is all downhill from here" is considered to be bad.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" means that it usually does take longer to succeed i.e. to get to the top of the hill than it does to fall down the hill.
  • Since succeeding in life refers to move uphill, disappointment in life refers to going downhill hence they use the phrase "It is all downhill from here".
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" may mean the best thing in a situation are behind you and it is more of a negative connotation.
  • For example, during the briefing of a series of events, one could say "such and such happened and then the phrase "It is all downhill from here" meaning everything became worse after that point.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" is bad in stock market because the charts showing a downhill trend is dangerous for economy.


The phrase "It is all downhill from here" meaning to optimist people:

  • For example, if I am on my bike, the phrase "It is all downhill from here" means it is easy as there is no pedaling.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" could be positive if you are walking somewhere.
  • It is rather better to go downhill than uphill. So the phrase "It is all downhill from here" is a good thing.
  • The optimists say you are done with the rough part and the rest is easy. In other words, the hardest part is over now it is smooth sailing and hence the phrase "It is all downhill from here"
  • For example, usually when someone has struggled to reach a goal and when they got there the going will be easier. So the phrase "It is all downhill from here" is used to denote smooth road.
  • The phrase "It is all downhill from here" is kind of rolling a boulder uphill and then you reach the top and no more struggling, one more little push and it is all downhill.
  • According to positive people, The phrase "It is all downhill from here" means you have gotten through the hard part of the situation, project dilemma and the rest of it will be a lot easier to finish up.
  • If you are trying to give encouragement, one could say "look at all the things you have accomplished already". The phrase "It is all downhill from here" means keep it up.
  • Going uphill is a battle and struggle its worse down is a easy tumble with effortless travel and hence came up the usage of the phrase "It is all downhill from here".

"It is all downhill from here" is one of those "Janus words" , Janus being the two faced god. The phrase "It is all downhill from here" can mean a good thing, such as the work, a literal climbing up the hill and getting easier after a certain point like a downhill coast. The phrase "It is all downhill from here" can also mean a bad thing such as someone's career going downhill. The phrase "It is all downhill from here" is its own antonym.

Two different situations have two different meanings. For example, have you ever tried to run down a steep slope? It is very uncontrolled, potentially dangerous and extremely difficult. People rarely fall up the stairs. Falling down the stairs much more likely.

Going downhill might be easy but that does not mean you will do it in a manner that is less enjoyable or does not has the right outcome. The phrase "It is all downhill from here" could mean it will get easier on everything or everything is about to spin out of control.

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