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the skids

1. The framework that is attached to the side of a ship when loading or unloading cargo. The last of the boxes are on the skids now.
2. slang A period of trouble or decline. The team started the season so well, but they've really hit the skids now. I think Marissa and I are going to break-up soon, we're on the skids.
See also: skid

be on the skids

To be in jeopardy and likely to end or fail. Of course their relationship is on the skids, they fight all the time! Our project is on the skids because the committee pulled their funding.
See also: on, skid

hit the skids

To experience a period of trouble or decline. The team started the season so well, but they've really hit the skids now. I think Marissa and I are going to break-up soon—we've hit the skids.
See also: hit, skid

put the skids on (something)

To cause something to halt, cease, or fail. His criminal record has so far put the skids on every job he's applied for. The CEO quickly put the skids on the proposal for better employee benefits.
See also: on, put, skid

put the skids under (someone or something)

To cause the ruin, failure, or defeat of someone or something. Her frequent absences from work put the skids under any hopes she had of a promotion. The boss accused Theresa of trying to put the skids under him.
See also: put, skid

skid row

1. A squalid area of poverty and destitution, typically inhabited by those stricken by alcoholism or drug addiction. When they hosted the Olympics, the city was criticized for rounding up the homeless and keeping them all contained on skid row.
2. A life marked by poverty and squalid circumstances. It's amazing that, after nearly a five years on skid row, he's now one of the biggest names in show business.
See also: row, skid

on skid row

Living in utter poverty or squalid circumstances. It's amazing that, after nearly a five years on skid row, he's now one of the biggest names in show business.
See also: on, row, skid

grease the skids

Fig. to help prepare for or ease the way for the success or failure of someone or something. Ray set out to grease the skids for the right things to happen. We need someone to grease the skids for the Wilson contract.
See also: grease, skid

hit the skids

Fig. to decline; to decrease in value or status. Jed hit the skids when he started drinking. The firm hit the skids when the dollar collapsed.
See also: hit, skid

on the skids

Sl. on the decline. My newly started business is on the skids. Her health is really on the skids, but she stays cheery anyway.
See also: on, skid

put the skids on (something)

Sl. to cause something to fail. They put the skids on the project when they refused to give us any more money. That's the end of our great idea! Somebody put the skids on.
See also: on, put, skid

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.
See also: put, skid

skid across something

to slip or glide across something, such as ice or wet pavement. The car skidded across the pavement and crashed into a tree. Our bus skidded across the icy bridge and ran into a ditch on the other side.
See also: across, skid

skid into someone or something

to slip or glide into someone or something. The bicycle skidded into a pedestrian. The car skidded into a guard rail.
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on the skids

In the process of decline or ruin, as in If she quit now, her career would be on the skids. The skids here are runners such as those on a sled, enabling one to go downhill quickly. [c. 1920]
See also: on, skid

put the skids on

Bring to a halt, as in The school committee put the skids on the idea of a dress code. The word skid here probably refers to a shoe or drag that applies pressure to the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from moving.
See also: on, put, skid

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]
See also: put, skid

skid row

A squalid district inhabited by derelicts and vagrants; also, a life of impoverished dissipation. For example, That part of town is our skid row, or His drinking was getting so bad we thought he was headed for skid row. This expression originated in the lumber industry, where it signified a road or track made of logs laid crosswise over which logs were slid. Around 1900 the name Skid Road was used for the part of a town frequented by loggers, which had many bars and brothels, and by the 1930s the variant skid row, with its current meaning, came into use.
See also: row, skid

on skid row

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
Skid row is a poor part of a city where many people who are homeless and alcoholic live. He worked for twenty years catching drug dealers on the city's skid row. Note: You say that someone is on skid row when they have lost all their money and possessions. A drug addict who lived on skid row, she fit the profile of the other missing women.
See also: on, row, skid

on the skids

INFORMAL
COMMON If something is on the skids, it is experiencing many problems and will probably fail. My marriage was on the skids. It took Donny some time to realise his career was on the skids.
See also: on, skid

put the skids under something

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If a person or thing puts the skids under something or someone, they cause them to experience many problems or fail. It was a sudden increase in the oil price which first put the skids under the world economy. The Brazilian striker's fifth-minute goal helped put the skids under Manchester United in their quarter-final in Munich last month.
See also: put, skid, something

hit the skids

begin a rapid decline or deterioration. informal
The origin of skid is uncertain, but it may be connected with the Old Norse word from which English ski is derived. It is used here and in the next two entries in the sense of a plank or roller on which a heavy object may be placed in order to move it easily.
See also: hit, skid

on the skids

(of a person or their career) in a bad state; failing. informal
1989 Thomas Berger The Changing Past Jackie arrived at middle age with a career on the skids.
See also: on, skid

put the skids under

hasten the decline or failure of. informal
See also: put, skid

hit the ˈskids

(especially American English) begin to decline or get worse very quickly: In February shares hit the skids, and in one day $1 bn was wiped off the value of the company.
See also: hit, skid

(on) skid ˈrow

(informal, especially American English) people who are on skid row live in a very poor part of town where there are many social problems: When he went bankrupt he lost everything, and ended up living on skid row for a few years. OPPOSITE: on easy streetThis expression came from the phrase skid road, referring to the poor part of towns where loggers (= people who cut down trees or cut and transported wood) lived. Originally a skid road was a road made of large pieces of wood, used for moving logs to the mill.
See also: row, skid

on the ˈskids

(informal) moving towards disaster; declining: It was clear months ago that the firm was on the skids. OPPOSITE: fly high
See also: on, skid

put the ˈskids under somebody/something

(informal) make somebody/something fail; stop somebody/something doing something: Unfortunately the government has put the skids under the hospital building programme.
See also: put, skid, somebody, something

grease the skids

tv. to help prepare for the success or failure of someone or something. (see also put the skids under someone/something.) Ray set out to grease the skids for the right things to happen.
See also: grease, skid

hit the skids

tv. to decline; to decrease in value or status; to go downhill (figuratively). Jed hit the skids when he started drinking.
See also: hit, skid

on the skids

mod. on the decline. (see also put the skids under someone/something.) Her health is really on the skids, but she stays cheery anyway.
See also: on, skid

put the skids under someone/something

tv. to cause someone or something to fail. (see also on the skids.) The mayor put the skids under my plan.
See also: put, skid, someone, something

skid marks

n. unclean, brownish marks on one’s underpants. Just looking at him, you know he’s the type who has skid marks and enjoys popping zits.
See also: mark, skid

skid row

n. the name for a place populated with ruined alcoholics and other down-and-out people. Just because they’re on skid row, it doesn’t mean they’re beyond help.
See also: row, skid

skid row bum

n. a down-and-out person; a low alcoholic beggar. Do you want to end up a skid row bum?
See also: bum, row, skid

skid-lid

n. a motorcycle helmet. The law has no business telling me I gotta wear a skid-lid.

put the skids on

Slang
To bring to a halt: "Sacrificing free speech to put the skids on prurient printed matter is not the correct path, the courts said" (Curtis J. Sitomer).
See also: on, put, skid
References in periodicals archive ?
Ground skidding is the dominant method of harvesting and accounts for approximately 60% of the log volume in this forest.
Ground-based skidding is the most common timber harvesting system used in these forests, but due to low road density (1-2m/ha), large parts of the forests are still inaccessible.
Forest road planning considering road and skidding costs (Case study: Kheyrud Forest), Iranian Journal of Forest, 3(2): 99-107.
Determination of Correction Factor for Skidding Distances in Mountainous Forests of Northern Iran (Case study: Patom District of Kheyroud Forest), Journal of Forest and Wood Products (JFWP) Iranian Journal of Natural Resources, 62(3): 313
One-day field investigations at each site included approximately a half-day timing study of ground skidding cycles underway at the time of the visits, and half-day assessments of stumps and residual trees in the areas from which timber had been extracted during the timing study.
2] = 52 cycles on 12 logging sites), turn building times were aggregated within the choker setting skidding element.
The elemental breakdown for each skidding cycle element was as follows: Travel empty (return): Began when chokers were unhooked at the landing and ended when the skidder maneuvered for another turn; Maneuver empty: Began when the skidder maneuvered for another turn and ended when the operator emerged from the cab; Set chokers: Began when the operator emerged from the cab and ended when the chokers were set and the operator entered the cab; Winch: Began when the operator entered the cab and ended when the load was winched to the arch; Travel loaded (turn): Began when the skidder headed to the landing and ended when the skidder was stopped at the landing; Land: Began when the skidder stopped at the landing and ended when the next return started.
Skidding cycle and elemental times were analyzed descriptively, and tests were performed to help better understand the skidding cycles observed.
Implementation of the forest in the Forest Kartlewo the field of forest management, harvesting and skidding in 2015.
Implementation of the forest in the Forest Moracz the field of forest management, harvesting and skidding in 2015.
Implementation of the forest in the Forest Zabierzewo the field of forest management, harvesting and skidding in 2015.
Skidding distance from each cell to the LZ location was calculated.
These figures show the effect on total skidding distance of iterating LZ locations across a broad range of locations for the one-, two-, and three-LZ cases in an attempt to minimize total skid distance.
3] Figure 3 shows the total skidding distance for combinations of LZ 1 at 200, 400, and 600 m from the west edge and LZ 2 at 1200, 1400, 1600, 1800, and 2000 m from the west edge.
The two-hour course costs pounds 69, and includes both rear and front-wheel skidding, along with techniques for braking and lane changing when the road surface is dodgy.