steep-up vs. steep

Hi,

I have come across ‘steep-up’ in the following sentence: ‘A short steep-up grass hill behind was crowned with a few Scotch firs, and in front, an old orchard of apple trees…’ What is the meaning of ‘steep-up’? Is there any difference between the adjectives ‘steep’ and ‘steep-up’?

Thanks in advance!

You are reading Galsworthy’s ‘The Apple Tree’ then.

steep-up = precipitous (as combination of ‘upwardly steep’).

Personally, I would have used ‘steep’. I think that the only difference is that ‘steep up’ indicates you are at the bottom, facing up the slope. ‘Steep-down’ would be used if you were at ground level looking down into a cave or hole.