slide1 W3 [slaıd] v past tense and past participle slid [slıd]
[: Old English; Origin: slidan]
1.) [I and T]
to move smoothly over a surface while continuing to touch it, or to make something move in this way
slide along/across/down etc
Francesca slid across the ice.
slide sth across/along etc
He opened the oven door and slid the pan of cookies in.
He slid open the door of the glass cabinet.
2.) [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to move somewhere quietly and smoothly, or to move something in this way
slide into/out of etc
Daniel slid out of the room when no one was looking.
She slid into the driver's seat.
slide sth into/out of etc sth
He slid the gun into his pocket.
if prices, amounts, rates etc slide, they become lower
= ↑drop
≠ ↑rise
Stocks slid a further 3% on the major markets today.
4.) [I]
to gradually become worse, or to begin to have a problem
Students' test scores started to slide in the mid-1990s.
slide into
Murphy gradually slid into a pattern of drug abuse.
5.) let sth slide
a) to let a situation get gradually worse
Management has let safety standards slide at the factory.
b) [i]spoken to ignore a mistake, problem, remark etc, without trying to improve or stop it
Well, I guess we can let it slide this time.
WORD CHOICE: slide, slip, skid
Slide means to move smoothly across a surface. You can talk about people, objects, or liquids sliding : This floor's great for sliding on. | The door slid open (NOT slided open). |A tear slid down her cheek.
Slip means to accidentally slide a small distance, and usually then fall down : She slipped and hurt her wrist. | It's icy - mind you don't slip.
Skid means to move across a smooth surface in an uncontrolled way. You usually use it to talk about vehicles : Cars skidded on the snow. |Jason skidded around the corner on his bike.
slide 2
slide2 n
1¦(for children)¦
4¦(getting worse)¦
9¦(for hair)¦
a large structure with steps leading to the top of a long sloping surface which children can slide down
2.) ¦(DECREASE)¦ [usually singular]
a decrease in prices, amounts etc
≠ ↑rise slide in
the current slide in house prices
on the slide
The company's shares were on the slide again yesterday, down 7p at 339p.
3.) ¦(PICTURE)¦
a small piece of film in a frame that you shine a light through to show a picture on a ↑screen or wall
a slide show
4.) ¦(GETTING WORSE)¦ [usually singular]
a situation in which something gradually gets worse, or someone develops a problem
slide in
School administrators were unable to explain the slide in student performance.
slide into
a slide into economic chaos
5.) ¦(SCIENCE)¦
a small piece of thin glass used for holding something that you want to look at under a ↑microscope
a sliding part of a machine or musical instrument, such as the U-shaped tube of a ↑trombone
7.) ¦(MOVEMENT)¦ [usually singular]
a sliding movement across a surface
The car went into a slide .
8.) ¦(EARTH/SNOW)¦
a sudden fall of earth, stones, snow etc down a slope
a rock slide
9.) ¦(FOR HAIR)¦
BrE a small metal or plastic object that holds your hair in place

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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