Meaning of “uphill” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"uphill" in British English

See all translations

uphilladjective, adverb

uk /ˌʌpˈhɪl/ us /ˌʌpˈhɪl/

C2 leading to a higher place on a slope:

an uphill climb
running uphill
Compare

C2 needing a large amount of effort:

It'll be an uphill struggle/battle/fight to get the new proposals accepted.
Compare

(Definition of “uphill” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"uphill" in American English

See all translations

uphilladjective, adverb

us /ˈʌpˈhɪl/

leading to a higher place on a slope:

The runners began the uphill climb to the finish line.
As we started driving uphill, the car made a strange noise.

fig.Uphill can also mean difficult and needing a large amount of effort:

Recovering from the accident will be an uphill battle for her, but she’s doing well.

(Definition of “uphill” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)