Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Located on high or higher ground.
  • adjective Going up a hill or slope.
  • adjective Marked by difficulty or strong resistance; laborious.
  • adverb To or toward higher ground; up a slope.
  • adverb Against adversity; with difficulty.
  • noun An upward slope or incline.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Upward; up, or as if up, an ascent: as, to walk uphill.
  • Leading or going up a rising ground; sloping upward: as, an uphill road.
  • Attended with labor, fatigue, or exertion; difficult; severe; fatiguing; burdensome: as, uphill work; hence, not having free course; hampered: as, an uphill acquaintance.
  • noun Rising ground; ascent; upward slope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Upwards on, or as on, a hillside.
  • adjective Ascending; going up.
  • adjective Attended with labor; difficult.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb up a slope, towards higher ground
  • adverb by extension with difficulty
  • adjective located up a slope or on a hill
  • adjective going up a slope or a hill
  • adjective by extension difficult or laborious
  • noun An uphill route.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the upward slope of a hill
  • adverb against difficulties
  • adverb upward on a hill or incline
  • adjective sloping upward

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Examples

  • And for those of you all who don't ski, the term uphill skier means Scott, as you kind of heard explained there, Scott was the guy behind the other man as they both came down that ski trail.

    CNN Transcript Dec 24, 2007

  • Barack Obama already, as we say, is looking beyond what he calls his uphill battle in Pennsylvania to the primaries in two weeks on May 6.

    CNN Transcript Apr 22, 2008

  • Barack Obama already is looking beyond what he calls his uphill battle in Pennsylvania to the primaries in two weeks on May 6.

    CNN Transcript Apr 22, 2008

  • Sir! if my niece is ever to marry you, she will have what you call uphill work of it in taking her place at starting.

    No Thoroughfare

  • Sir! if my niece is ever to marry you, she will have what you call uphill work of it in taking her place at starting.

    No Thoroughfare

  • I got hungry and walked in uphill to the road and as my head got up enough to see the downside of the ridge another hunter on the opposite side in his tree stand had his rifle pointing right at my chest.

    what is your closest call to a bad experience while hunting?

  • I got hungry and walked in uphill to the road and as my head got up enough to see the downside of the ridge another hunter on the opposite side in his tree stand had his rifle pointing right at my chest.

    what is your closest call to a bad experience while hunting?

  • My other dream neighborhood is Xochilmilco, but it's a bit uphill from the zocalo, so not quite as convenient.

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  • It's intense work, and rewarding on so many levels - it's a joy to work with people aligned in their desires for success, and the joy - I don't care how many times you witness it, of seeing your launch vehicle go uphill is indescribible.

    Mike Griffin Wants His Old Job Back - NASA Watch

  • My other dream neighborhood is Xochilmilco, but it's a bit uphill from the zocalo, so not quite as convenient.

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