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I run uphill faster than downhill
People don't touch me, that's chill
I tend to destroy more than create
But I can be used to make something great
I am loud and I eat, but I have no mouth
I travel around, west, east, north, or south
People hate me, yet love me as well
The smaller, the better, that's what they tell

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the answer a single word? If so, the [word] tag applies. $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    May 1, 2021 at 2:09

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Fire

I run uphill faster than downhill

Fire travels faster going upwards because hot air is pushed upward and cold air is consequently pulled in from underneath (so, more easily from the downhill side), which pushes the fire uphill.

People don't touch me, that's chill

Usually, people don't touch fire. That's chill, because if they did touch fire, it wouldn't be very chill anymore.

I tend to destroy more than create

Fire does create, but it mostly just destroys, specifically, whatever it's burning.

But I can be used to make something great

Food, I guess. Also glass. And various other things.

I am loud and I eat, but I have no mouth

No mouth. But fire is quite loud, and I suppose it "eats" fuel (and oxygen).

I travel around, west, east, north, or south

Well, fire spreads indiscriminately of direction.

People hate me, yet love me as well

Forest fires, building fires, any unintentional fires really suck. But we also couldn't live without it to warm us, help us travel, cook food, etc.

The smaller, the better, that's what they tell

Smaller fires are better, in general; large fires get out of control and then cause damage and death.

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  • $\begingroup$ perfect. makes sense. $\endgroup$
    – Someone
    May 1, 2021 at 15:02

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