hit the skids


: to begin to fail or get worse very suddenly and quickly
After he was injured his career hit the skids.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More borrowers are likely to hit the skids on their car loans this year. Telis Demos, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2023 The same couldn’t be said for his counterpart, Kirk Cousins, who started with a 6-for-6 performance on his opening touchdown for a 7-0 lead and then hit the skids, completing only 14 of 32 attempts the rest of the way. cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 Sadly, the group’s longtime label Tommy Boy Records started to hit the skids shortly after the release of Bionix, limiting promotional efforts and cutting the AOI trilogy short after two installments. Al Shipley, SPIN, 16 Feb. 2023 As good as things looked for New England through two-plus quarters, the Patriots have hit the skids. Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2022 The spinning machines shut down, moved offshore, and Blackburn hit the skids in the 1970s, a poster child for destitute Britain. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 When the effort hit the skids in 2017, then-Chief Executive Richard Robinson sent in Iole Lucchese to put it on track. Shalini Ramachandran, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 The Trojans hit the skids even before ASU did with a 42-28 loss to Stanford the second game of the season, resulting in the firing of coach Clay Helton and the elevation of Donte Williams to interim head coach. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 1 Nov. 2021 California stays the course Not all climate and energy proposals hit the skids with Tuesday's results. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 4 Nov. 2010 See More

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“Hit the skids.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20the%20skids. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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