Go downhill



verb phrase

To deteriorate; worsen; go to pot: It looks like his health is going downhill fast (1922+)
Deteriorate, worsen, as in Ever since the recession began, the business has been going downhill . The figurative use of downhill for “decline” dates from the mid-1800s. Also see downhill all the way

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    verb phrase To do fellatio or cunnilingus; eat it,suck: Only she won’t go down on me. Isn’t that odd?/ When I try to go down on my girlfriend, she routinely blocks my head with her thighs (1916+)

  • Go down swinging

    verb phrase To refuse surrender; show fight; nail one’s colors to the mast: The President promised he would go down swinging on that issue [1930s+; fr baseball, ”to strike out, but swing at the third strike”]



  • Go down the line

    verb phrase To do whatever is necessary; go all the way: Will unions go down the line for Clinton on the health bills? (1940s+)

  • Go down the rabbit hole

    verb phrase To use narcotics [1990s+ students; fr Alice in Wonderland, where Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole to a land of fantasy]



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