put the skids under

put the skids under someone or something

Sl. to cause someone or something to fail. Her lateness put the skids under our presentation to the board of directors. He thought he could get promoted if he put the skids under the vice president.
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put the skids under somebody/something

  (British & Australian informal)
to make something likely to fail Opposition from local residents has put the skids under plans for a new nightclub.
See hit the skids
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put the skids under

Bring about the failure or defeat of, as in It was lack of funds that put the skids under the new senior center. The skids here are runners or rollers on which a heavy object may be moved. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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VLADIMIR WEISS swears Slovakia will put the skids under Scotland and England.
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A Robbie Walters brace had the visitors on course for all three points but Christian Allen pulled one back before Sam Brown's last-gasp leveller put the skids under the visitors.
Danny Tickle and Kevin Brown (above), two of seven ex-Wigan players in the Vikings line-up, put the skids under their old club.
The hosts struck 193-4 thanks to knocks from F Din (26), S Khan (71) and K Mahmood (52) before M Qayoom (5-19) put the skids under Balti Hut.
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But Jordan Follows and Chris Venables put the skids under Bangor's title challenge.
Big Branners, a player born to be described as a no-nonsense centre-back, would know how to put the skids under little Leo and no mistake.
Two goals in the space of a minute put the skids under the Mid Wales visitors, with Carmarthen taking a 59th minute lead after Lee Hartshorn had brought down Steffan Williams in the box.
Second-half goals from Gary Teale, Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison secured a 3-0 win that put the skids under Championship side City and gave the League One underdogs a massive boost.
Wendall Wagner put the skids under Walsall's batting by claiming five for 14 as the Gorway side were bowled out for 117.
Darren Stevens put the skids under Somerset after Kent had won the toss on the opening day at Taunton.
WIDNES Vikings will be looking to put the skids under rivals Dewsbury Rams tonight no matter what the weather conditions bring.