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Definition of hill noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] an area of land that is higher than the land around it, but not as high as a mountain a region of gently rolling hills a hill farm/town/fort the hill country of North Mississippi The house is built on the side of a hill overlooking the river. I love walking in the hills (= in the area where there are hills). see also anthill, foothill, molehill
  2. 2[countable] a slope on a road Always take care when driving down steep hills. a hill start (= the act of starting a vehicle on a slope) see also downhill, uphill
  3. 3the Hill [singular] (informal) = Capitol Hill
  4. Idioms
    as old as the hills
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    very old; ancient
    a hill of beans (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    something that is not worth much
    over the hill (informal)
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    (of a person) old and therefore no longer useful or attractive Youngsters seem to think you're over the hill at 40!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hill