on the skids

idiom

Definition of on the skids

informal
: failing or getting worse : in a bad state or situation that is likely to result in failure Her marriage is on the skids.

Learn More about on the skids

Statistics for on the skids

Cite this Entry

“On the skids.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20skids. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

Comments on on the skids

What made you want to look up on the skids? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!