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Old 11-04-2022, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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joe from dayton, good morning.

Ohhhhhh, believe me, this is FAR from over!!!!!

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Old 11-04-2022, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Irregardless, I could care less (see what I did there?)

If all 4 relatives understand "It's all uphill from here" to mean things are getting easier, then that's fine for them. I suppose we're back to context clues. It you say "it's all uphill" with a smile then it's not the same as saying it with a frown.
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Old 11-04-2022, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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jtab4994, I like what you did/said right there!

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Old 11-04-2022, 09:39 AM
 
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I suspect context is the key. For many people the afternoon slog is the hardest part of the day. They aren't coasting toward quiting time. Hence for them it is "all uphill from here."
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Old 11-04-2022, 10:01 AM
 
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tnff, good morning.

Yes, context seems to be the big indicator!

Thank you.
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Old 11-04-2022, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Here's an in-depth discussion about the phrase.

https://grammarhow.com/its-all-downh...eaning-origin/
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Old 11-04-2022, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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adjusterjack, good morning!

THAT was a great article! Thank you for sharing!!
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Old 11-05-2022, 03:22 AM
 
Location: USA
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Good day,

I was looking for a forum that dealt with language. THIS seems to be the closest, so here we go...

My 2 co-workers disagree with me on this one.

I claim, for example, that if I work until 1:30 p.m., and it is now 12:00. I would say, "It's all downhill from here."

My reasoning:

1.) It's beyond the halfway mark, so I am closer to the end of the shift

2.) Much like going downhill, I am in a sort of "coasting" mode, which means it is easier (versus going uphill which would take more work).

ANY thoughts out there? A candy bar is on the line!

Thank you.
We are on that same hill , and it is always easier going downhill than it is uphill.

UNLESS ...LOL....it is used as a negative comment , such as "There is not a chance for my team to win. It's all downhill for them now." Negative. So it goes both ways for me and everyone I know , like "There is no chance the opposing team can win now, its all downhill for us now." Easier. Or one might say We have it made in the shade ...just tossing that in.

So my vote says it means The hard part has been done, "easier" is left to do. And also , low as in a low point in the game, low and down as meaning not good.

Except for younger folks today are now using down for up. Todays down is used like this: Want to go to the beach? YES, I am down for that, lets go!

I am in agreement with you.
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Old 11-05-2022, 06:53 AM
 
Location: NC
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Context doesn’t work for historical meaning of phrases. My grandfather born in 1895 would have said the phrase while meaning deterioration. That is closest to original. Later perhaps those who tried to ASSIGN a meaning chose it to mean easy. But it is true that once all the old guys stop saying it the meaning will change.
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Old 11-05-2022, 08:18 AM
 
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Do they have any logic at all to justify "it's all uphill from here"?

I generally hear it in two context: the hardest part is over and the best part is over.
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