go downhill

Meaning(s)

1. a worse or inferior condition

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Something or someone that 'goes downhill' is deteriorating or worsening. You can use this expression to talk about the economy, politics, a person or a condition. This is a casual idiomatic phrase used in social and professional contexts. 

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  1. It all went downhill for the man after he lost his job.
  2. Support for the party went downhill after announcing their new social policies.

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  1. Customer renewals have gone downhill since we restructured our customer retention program.
  2. The business began to go downhill when their finance director left his position.

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