skid

verb (skids, skidding, skidded)
1》 (of a vehicle) slide, typically sideways, on slippery ground or as a result of stopping or turning too quickly.
    ↘slip; slide.
2》 fasten a skid to (a wheel) as a brake.
noun
1》 an act of skidding.
2》 a runner attached to the underside of an aircraft for use when landing on snow or grass.
    ↘N. Amer. each of a set of wooden rollers for moving a log or other heavy object.
3》 a braking device consisting of a wooden or metal shoe that prevents a wheel from revolving.
4》 a beam or plank of wood used to support a ship under construction or repair.
Phrases
hit the skids informal begin a rapid decline.
on the skids informal in a bad state; failing.
put the skids under informal hasten the decline or failure of.
Derivatives
skiddy adjective
Origin
C17: perh. related to ON skíth (see ski).

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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