on the skids

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.

Word by Word Definitions

skid play skids
  1. : one of a group of objects (such as planks or logs) used to support or elevate a structure or object

  2. : a wooden fender hung over a ship's side to protect it in handling cargo

  3. : a usually iron shoe or clog attached to a chain and placed under a wheel to prevent its turning when descending a steep hill : drag

  1. : to apply a brake or skid to : slow or halt by a skid

  2. : to haul (logs or something similar) by dragging

  3. : to haul along, slide, hoist, or store on skids


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