skid

skid
skid1 [skıd] v past tense and past participle skidded present participle skidding
if a vehicle or a wheel on a vehicle skids, it suddenly slides sideways and you cannot control it
The car skidded as she turned onto the highway.
skid on/into/across etc
The bus skidded off the road and into a ditch.
[i]see usage noteslide1
skid 2
skid2 n
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1¦(sliding movement)¦
2 on the skids
3 put the skids under something
4¦(sport)¦
5¦(aircraft)¦
6¦(used to lift/move)¦
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[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language]
1.) ¦(SLIDING MOVEMENT)¦
a sudden sliding movement of a vehicle that you cannot control
Turn the car towards the skid if you lose control of it.
He slammed on the brakes and we went into a long skid (=started to skid) .
2.) on the skids informal
in a situation that is bad and getting worse
He's been on the skids since losing his job.
3.) put the skids under sth
BrE informal to make it likely or certain that something will fail
The recession put the skids under his plans for starting a new business.
4.) ¦(SPORT)¦ [usually singular]
AmE a period of time during which a person or team is not successful - used in news reports
The Red Sox victory ended a six-game skid.
5.) ¦(AIRCRAFT)¦
a flat narrow part that is under some aircraft such as ↑helicopters, and is used in addition to wheels for landing
6.) ¦(USED TO LIFT/MOVE)¦ [usually plural]
a piece of wood that is put under a heavy object to lift or move it

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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