Definition of skid in English:

skid

verb

  • 1no object (of a vehicle) slide, typically sideways or obliquely, on slippery ground or as a result of stopping or turning too quickly.

    ‘her car skidded and hit the grass verge’
    ‘the taxi cab skidded to a halt’
    • ‘Naturally, the car was hit by the bus and the car skidded onto the pavement.’
    • ‘The vehicle started skidding and pulled off a u-turn.’
    • ‘Through blurred eyes he watched helplessly as the bike skidded across the ground towards the tanker, sending a shower of sparks shooting up into the cold air as it scraped along the surface of the road.’
    • ‘It is understood that the vehicle skidded after avoiding a car involved in another accident, mounted the verge and became impaled on a pole projecting from a crash barrier.’
    • ‘The car skidded to a halt on the currently empty street.’
    • ‘The car skidded to a halt, and the suited policemen stepped out, hands touching their guns lightly.’
    • ‘His bike skidded sideways and hit the road divider.’
    • ‘Your Honour, it is objective evidence that whilst the vehicle was skidding, it was on its correct side of the road.’
    • ‘Traffic came to a standstill for around 22 minutes near Ulsoor Lake after a truck skidded and collided with a tourist bus on the slippery stretch.’
    • ‘Everybody on board was hurt when the vehicle skidded across a two-lane highway 30 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada.’
    • ‘Brown, who is based at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, identified himself as the driver and said his vehicle skidded on the wet road.’
    • ‘The bike was skidding sideways, and it slammed into the branch.’
    • ‘Behind him, a car skidded to a halt and seconds later someone ran up behind him.’
    • ‘When the car skidded to a halt in front of the High School, her mother grabbed her wrist.’
    • ‘Seven other accidents were also reported on the A59 in the Hessay area, with vehicles skidding into ditches.’
    • ‘The vehicle skidded off to the side of the road, and Aruna saw a chance.’
    • ‘Subsequently, the vehicle skidded off the road and fell into the deep gorge.’
    • ‘Theo slammed on the brakes, and the car skidded sideways into the road.’
    • ‘The vehicle skidded and collided with the interstate guard rail.’
    • ‘Drivers compete by taking sharp turns on oval tracks that leave their cars skidding sideways.’
    glide, move lightly, slide, sail, plane, scud, skate, float, coast
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    1. 1.1 Slip; slide.
      ‘Barbara's foot skidded and she fell to the floor’
      • ‘The raider's feet skidded in mud as he tried to brake, but it was far too late.’
      • ‘I slipped and skidded as I made my way to my compartment.’
      • ‘Realising that she had to get to the hospital she dashed across the muddy grass, her feet skidding on the dampness.’
      • ‘Russ skidded as he fell again and slammed into a wall.’
      • ‘Begin your powder turn and then instead of hitting your edges hard to carve a turn, stand up on two feet and let your skis slide or skid diagonally across the fall line.’
      • ‘Jack's feet nearly skidded out from under him on the heavily polished wood floor.’
      • ‘Her feet skidded slightly as she tried to change her direction, nearly knocking her onto her back.’
      • ‘As I went to fetch the ball, I slipped and went skidding on my hands and knees.’
      • ‘The runners slipped and skidded across the ice, screeching vociferously.’
      • ‘I lost my sword, and I fell over backwards, skidding on my shoulders.’
      • ‘They all tried to halt quickly with their hands raised when they slipped and skidded on the floor.’
      • ‘His legs scraped against the brick wall of the house, shoes slipping and skidding as he scampered his way up and out.’
      • ‘I skidded, slipped, cursed, crashed, and generally regressed one full level in ability.’
      • ‘Four steps from the bottom, my left foot skidded out from under me, and before I knew it, I was face down on the dressing room floor.’
      • ‘Her bare feet skidded and slid over the dirt, sandals long since broken in the fight.’
      • ‘His left foot skidded, and then he was tumbling.’
      • ‘I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.’
      • ‘His expression then changed to one of surprise as his feet skidded out from under him and he landed next to her, flat on his face.’
      • ‘One of the Cooper girls, Claire, goes skidding past us and slips.’
      slide, skid, slither, glide
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    2. 1.2with object Cause to skid.
      ‘he skidded his car’
      • ‘Just two days after buying his car he skidded it on black ice on a major road and wrote it off.’
      • ‘Upon reaching the door Zeo skidded the car to a stop.’
      • ‘He skidded the car to a stop at her last words, and she flung herself out of the car and started making her way towards the brush.’
      • ‘Just as I began to think that Harvey would only stop when his car ran out of gas, the man skidded his car to a halt at the base of a building under construction.’
    3. 1.3North American with object Move a heavy object on skids.
      ‘they skidded the logs down the hill to the waterfront’
      • ‘When skidding logs back to roadside, Heisler is looking behind him about 90% of the time.’
      • ‘We would skid the logs to roadside with horses, and then they were hauled to the lake where they were boomed, and a tugboat would take them to the mill.’
      • ‘The horses also pull the farm's ‘truck,’ an antique box wagon, and skid logs for firewood out of the woods.’
    4. 1.4figurative Decline; deteriorate.
      ‘its shares have skidded 29% since March’
  • 2with object Fasten a skid to (a wheel) as a brake.

noun

  • 1An act of skidding or sliding.

    ‘the Volvo went into a skid’
    • ‘There will be skids and tumbles, but it is all part of the fun.’
    • ‘All Crash's renowned moves have returned, including the spin attack, the body slam and the slide skid.’
    • ‘You would think a couple of skids and spins would teach him, but no!’
    • ‘The noise startled him, and he slid into a side skid.’
    • ‘Substances such as diesel and liquid soap are poured on the road to facilitate skids, wheelspins, and other manoeuvres.’
    • ‘Similar studies to those in Holland were carried out in the United Kingdom and the results were used to develop a skid resistance specification based on investigatory levels.’
    • ‘Tasks during the series include reversing trailers, parallel parking, handling skids and reacting to people and objects on the road.’
    • ‘But when I tried to steer into the skid I oversteered and started going round the other way.’
    • ‘If you start to hydroplane, don't brake suddenly or turn the wheel, or you might spin into a skid.’
    • ‘An undignified skid and a few slides later found him at the entrance to the parlor, where the voices had retreated to.’
    • ‘This feature enables the car to react in potentially dangerous situations more effectively and avoid skids.’
    • ‘Ouellette and his team specialize in teaching drivers advanced techniques for handling such things as skids, blowouts, unusual weather and collision avoidance.’
    • ‘Steer control induces a resistance in the steering, encouraging the driver to steer away from the resistance and so, out of the skid or slide.’
    • ‘He believed Mrs Letch probably tried to correct the skid but in doing so steered squarely into the path of the oncoming car.’
    • ‘The average skid resistance results are given in Figure 4.’
    • ‘We had some skids and accidents, but thankfully no injuries.’
    • ‘He cascaded down the hall, sliding on the damp ground and coming to a skid in front of a door.’
    • ‘The skid steering allows for on-the-spot-turning.’
    • ‘Previous to the traffic work, we'd occasionally hear a skid once a week or so, and now it's nearly a daily occurrence.’
    fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysm
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  • 2A runner attached to the underside of an aircraft for use when landing on snow or grass.

    • ‘Hovering only inches above the water, Sergeant Chip Sunier clambered out to the chopper's landing skids and plucked baby Alias to safety.’
    • ‘We taxied up to the head of the lake, turned around and roared back, but had to abort when we were three-quarters down the lake and our skids hadn't left the water.’
    • ‘A metre below the skids of the aircraft was the ledge onto which we were to leap, and below that was a sheer 100-metre drop into what from the air looked like an otherwise inaccessible canyon.’
    • ‘The shuttle's hatches slammed open before the landing skids even touched the ground.’
    • ‘I gently fed power to the hover coils and, as the SAP eased off the ground, retracted the landing skids.’
    • ‘They reached the surface and extended their landing skids.’
    • ‘The skids once again left the runway, allowing the tiny aircraft to bounce its way higher and higher into sustained forward flight.’
    1. 2.1North American Each of a set of wooden rollers used for moving a log or other heavy object.
      • ‘Skid steer loaders are used to dig and move landscaping and building materials.’
      • ‘I put skids under it for ease of movement.’
      • ‘The lumber coming off the saw is bundled and tagged and stacked on a skid.’
      • ‘He constructed very long, rough wooden skids which he assembled into semi-geometric structures.’
      • ‘Unmarked crates, heavy machinery, and piles upon piles of empty skids filled the most of it.’
  • 3A braking device consisting of a wooden or metal shoe preventing a wheel from revolving.

  • 4A beam or plank of wood used to support a ship under construction or repair.

    • ‘Contrast that with a gas turbine, which is shipped on a skid and essentially needs only to be hooked up.’
    • ‘It had a shorter hinged shoulder support plate and a skid type bipod.’

Phrases

  • hit the skids

    • informal Begin a rapid decline or deterioration.

      ‘Michael's career hit the skids’
      • ‘Workers will pay with their homes as well as their jobs when the economy hits the skids.’
      • ‘The quality of your life really hits the skids.’
      • ‘She hits the skids and sees the folly in denying her love for an unsuitably poor lawyer.’
      • ‘Australian political history is littered with parties who've hit the skids once they're lost their charismatic leader.’
      • ‘Private Eye has had a really interesting correspondence - telling a tale of an album released over a decade ago; it's a concept album about a rockstar whose career - forged in writing rock operas - hits the skids.’
      • ‘Forgive me, readers; I don't know what sort of sound an acting career makes when it hits the skids.’
      • ‘They are signs of the Japanese economy hitting the skids.’
      • ‘Some of the luster came off when the club hit the skids in December.’
      • ‘I have been compulsively reading since the economy started hitting the skids 2 years ago.’
      • ‘The last time they formed a government, Montreal hit the skids.’
      • ‘Few pitchers have hit the skids as quickly as did Lima after great success.’
      • ‘His career was hitting the skids when he was commissioned to write a film of Edward Lear's life.’
      deteriorate, degenerate, decay, crumble, collapse, fail, fall, sink, slump, slip, slide, go downhill, worsen, get worse, go to rack and ruin, stagnate, atrophy, wither, weaken, fade, fade away, wane, ebb
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  • on the skids

    • informal (of a person or their career) in a bad state; failing.

      ‘I was on the skids but now I'm doing all right’
      • ‘Dennis Hope, a formerly unemployed ventriloquist, was on the skids in 1980.’
      • ‘Why is our economic and emotional health on the skids?’
      • ‘By 1924, though, his career was long since on the skids, confined mostly to supervision of films.’
      • ‘As Beck suggests, getting a chance is usually the most difficult hurdle on the path toward coming back for a player whose career has been on the skids.’
      • ‘If there is enough opposition, and if that opposition is sufficiently vociferous, then he is going to fear that his career is on the skids.’
      • ‘It is not just newspaper circulation and fixed line phone calls which are on the skids in Australia, snail mail is also starting to contract at gathering speed.’
      • ‘Within 10 months, the internet firm was on the skids.’
      • ‘So, one would assume that her international career is well and truly on the skids, Miles.’
      • ‘Well you don't sense you're on the skids obviously.’
      • ‘In the cartoon, Death goes on a mini-adventure that leads him to alcohol and love, ending with our poor skeleton friend living life on the skids.’
  • put the skids under

    • 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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Origin

Late 17th century (as a noun in the sense ‘supporting beam’): perhaps related to Old Norse skíth (see ski).

Pronunciation

skid

/skɪd/