verb (skids, skidding, skidded)
- 1 [no object] (Of a vehicle) slide, typically sideways or obliquely, on slippery ground or as a result of stopping or turning too quickly: the taxicab skidded to a haltMore example sentences
- His bike skidded sideways and hit the road divider.
- 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 bike was skidding sideways, and it slammed into the branch.
- 1.1Slip; slide: Barbara’s foot skidded, and she fell to the floorMore example sentences
- Her bare feet skidded and slid over the dirt, sandals long since broken in the fight.
- I skidded, slipped, cursed, crashed, and generally regressed one full level in ability.
- 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.
- 1.2 [with object] Cause to skid: he skidded his carMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 [with object] North American Move a heavy object on skids: they skidded the logs down the hill to the waterfrontMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1An act of skidding or sliding: the Volvo went into a skidMore example sentences
- The noise startled him, and he slid into a side skid.
- An undignified skid and a few slides later found him at the entrance to the parlor, where the voices had retreated to.
- 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.
- 2A runner attached to the underside of an aircraft for use when landing on snow or grass.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 2.1North American Each of a set of wooden rollers used for moving a log or other heavy object.More example sentences
- Unmarked crates, heavy machinery, and piles upon piles of empty skids filled the most of it.
- He constructed very long, rough wooden skids which he assembled into semi-geometric structures.
- The lumber coming off the saw is bundled and tagged and stacked on a skid.
- 4A beam or plank used to support a ship under construction or repair.More example sentences
- 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.
hit the skids
- • informal Begin a rapid decline or deterioration.More example sentences
- His career was hitting the skids when he was commissioned to write a film of Edward Lear's life.
- Forgive me, readers; I don't know what sort of sound an acting career makes when it hits the skids.
- 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.
on the skids
- • informal (Of a person or their career) in a bad state; failing.More example sentences
- By 1924, though, his career was long since on the skids, confined mostly to supervision of films.
- 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.
- 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.
put the skids under
- • informal Hasten the decline or failure of.More example sentences
- Failure to reinvest or recapitalise ultimately put the skids under the whole thing.
- 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.
- 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.
late 17th century (as a noun in the sense 'supporting beam'): perhaps related to Old Norse skíth (see ski).
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