Definition of skid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skɪd//
    Motoring problems and accidents
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  1. 1the movement of a vehicle when it suddenly slides sideways in an uncontrolled way The motorbike went into a skid. The skid marks on the road showed how fast the car had been travelling. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  2. 2a part that is underneath some aircraft, beside the wheels, and is used for landing the skids of a helicopter
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as a noun in the sense ‘supporting beam’): perhaps related to Old Norse skíth ‘billet, snowshoe’.Idioms (informal) to be in a bad situation that will get worse The government was on the skids for months before the election.
    put the skids under somebody/something
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    (informal) to stop somebody/something from being successful or making progress
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