When your car goes out of control on a patch of ice and starts slipping along the road, this is an example of a time when you skid.
If you go too fast on a patch of ice and cause your car to slip out of control, this is an example of a time when you skid your car.
If the sales of a company go down from 100 units a month to 5 units a month, this is an example of a time when the sales figures skid.
The crate broke loose and skidded across the slanting deck.
- In the hours before daylight he sharpened the skids and tightened the lashings to prepare for the long dogsled journey.
- A ski-shaped runner or supporting surface as found on a helicopter or other aircraft in place of wheels.Due to frequent arctic travel, the plane was equipped with long skids for snow and ice landings.
- A basic platform for the storage and transport of goods, machinery or equipment, later developed into the pallet.He unloaded six skids of boxes from the truck.
- (nautical, in the plural) Large fenders hung over a vessel's side to protect it when handling cargo.
- One of a pair of horizontal rails or timbers for supporting anything, such as a boat or barrel.
They skidded around the corner and accelerated up the street.
- To be on the decline or downgrade; meet with failure.
- To thwart or cause to fail.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of skid
- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition