Definition of put the skids under in English:

put the skids under

phrase

informal
  • Hasten the decline or failure of.

    ‘the decision put the skids under share prices in London’
    • ‘Alan Curbishley today called on his players to stand up and be counted after last week's humiliating defeat against Leeds United has put the skids under their European aspirations.’
    • ‘Harrogate will be looking to put the skids under National League Two leaders Sedgeley Park at Claro Road tomorrow.’
    • ‘The win was all the more laudable considering Kiltaine had been hitherto unbeaten but the Sarsfields put the skids under them with a gutsy super display.’
    • ‘Id urge swift action on this issue before local people put the skids under the authorities in the courts.’
    • ‘Failure to reinvest or recapitalise ultimately put the skids under the whole thing.’
    • ‘Council officials have put the skids under plans for a skateboard area because its location is on the wrong side of a line by 100 feet.’
    • ‘US scientists are working on a high-tech solution to crowd control which will literally put the skids under enemy forces and disorderly civilians.’
    destroy, ruin, wreck, put an end to, be the ruin of, be the ruination of, wreak havoc on, demolish, devastate, blast, blight, smash, shatter, dash, torpedo, scotch, sabotage
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