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Old 11-03-2022, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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.
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Old 11-03-2022, 01:01 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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I'll just say that there is an entire generation who don't understand common phrases such as your example.

Oh, you're right. What kind of candy bar?
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Old 11-03-2022, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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North Beach Person,

HA! In fact, I had to explain to my 24-year-old co-worker the phrase, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

However, both her AND my 48-year-old co-workers say that in the example I gave of being done working in another 90 minutes, that I should say, " I only have 90 minutes left. It's all uphill from here."

So far, no one else here at work seems to side with them.

REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP SHALL BE MINE!
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Old 11-03-2022, 01:46 PM
 
Location: NC
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All downhill from here to me refers to quality not ease of performance. It’s not to be celebrated.
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Old 11-03-2022, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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It depends on context. The OP is using the phrase in a context that means things will be easy.

You can also use contextual clues to figure out if someone means it in a negative way, i.e. "After Pitcher X left in the 7th inning, things went downhill from there". But that is not the exact phrase the OP was using.

https://english.stackexchange.com/qu...-and-etymology
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Old 11-03-2022, 04:48 PM
 
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If you've gotten most of your work done and you are past the midpoint hour of your work day then I would say that "it's all down hill from here".

If you have not produced, however, and there is still a ton to do before the end of your work day, you will "have an uphill battle" to get it all done by the end of your shift.
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Old 11-03-2022, 04:58 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Originally Posted by jtab4994 View Post
It depends on context. The OP is using the phrase in a context that means things will be easy.

You can also use contextual clues to figure out if someone means it in a negative way, i.e. "After Pitcher X left in the 7th inning, things went downhill from there". But that is not the exact phrase the OP was using.

https://english.stackexchange.com/qu...-and-etymology
Determining context is becoming a lost ability, mostly due to the reading assignments now being given.
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Old 11-03-2022, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Kind of like Hump Day

Every Wednesday, my husband always mentions Hump Day. Middle of the week.

We used to have a DJ on a local station (radio) that would do Hump Day jokes all the time. It was the 80's and it was supposed to be funny.

I understand your meaning.
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Old 11-04-2022, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Ugh, my mother held a get together with 4 relatives last night. I asked her to ask everyone WHICH phrase should be used.

She said it was unanimous in "It's all UPHILL from here."

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Old 11-04-2022, 07:59 AM
 
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Ugh, my mother held a get together with 4 relatives last night. I asked her to ask everyone WHICH phrase should be used.

She said it was unanimous in "It's all UPHILL from here."

That just sounds like a 100% fail rate.
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