from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hill, Ambrose Powell 1825-1865. American Confederate officer active in the Seven Days' Battle, the Second Battle of Bull Run, and the Battle of Antietam (all 1862). His charge began the Battle of Gettysburg (1863).
  • Hill, J(ames) J(erome) 1838-1916. American railroad magnate who promoted the Great Northern Railway and with J.P. Morgan wrested control of the Northern Pacific Railroad from E.H. Harriman in a stock market struggle that provoked the Panic of 1901.

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  • proper n. Capitol Hill; the US Congress
  • proper n. A topographic surname for someone who lived on or by a hill.


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  • Gossip Girl has gone down hill...90210 is looking bleak...and One Tree Hill is pretty much wrapping itself up.

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  • OBAMA: There's still some differences between Democrats and Republicans on the hill, between the White House and some of the products that has been discussed on the Hill.

    CNN Transcript Feb 3, 2009

  • Several hundred lined up down the hill, down M.ssion Hill where the hearse will come up, a very blue collar neighbor, one of the neighborhoods that kept sending senators, Jack Kennedy to the Congress, to the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy, the Senate.

    CNN Transcript Aug 29, 2009

  • HILL: That last one it sounds like a little a bit of last minute deal making on the Hill which of course never, ever happens.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2009

  • Either you are Prochoice as HILL is, pro equal pay as Hill is, pro a Nat'l healthcare as HIll is.

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  • The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill–The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it–and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another.

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  • But of course, this controversy is really just eclipsing everything else that's going on on the hill, or is there anything else going on, on the Hill?

    CNN Transcript Mar 22, 2007

  • So as you come from just south of the Rayburn building, there's the botanical garden is there, you're going up a fairly steep hill and the garage is into the Hill behind that.

    CNN Transcript May 26, 2006

  • You need to start reestablishing that you can be king of the hill and win some things on the Hill.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2005

  • Competitors from around the world run, stumble and, as you see there, fall down a steep hill named Cooper's Hill, though I'm not a sponsor, after a wheel of cheese is launched.

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