hit the skids

idiom

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

Examples of hit the skids in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patrick is his former bestie (and her former lover) turned rival whose career hit the skids long ago. Joe Reid, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2024 Teammates will wonder if Morris will replace Cousins with Penix should the Falcons hit the skids. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2024 Consumer sentiment has also hit the skids, although there were signs of some recovery to end last year. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 19 Feb. 2024 The shock jock and the cable TV provocateur have hit the skids. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2023 The funds’ modus operandi is quite familiar by now: wait for a developing country to hit the skids, move in and buy the country’s debt at a bargain basement price, and then to go to court to sue for full repayment. Omar G. Encarnación, Foreign Affairs, 16 Mar. 2016 But several of those projects have recently hit the skids after executives miscalculated the impact that the pandemic and rising interest rates would have on supply chains. Brad Plumer, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2023 The Russian rouble hit the skids after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 3 Oct. 2023 In 2016, Bochy’s Giants entered August leading the NL West, hit the skids halfway through, lost the lead to the Dodgers and had to scramble the rest of the way to make the postseason as a wild card. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023

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“Hit the skids.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20the%20skids. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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