on the skids
Definition of on the skids
: 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
: one of a group of objects (as planks or logs) used to support or elevate a structure or object
: a wooden fender hung over a ship's side to protect it in handling cargo
: 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
: to apply a brake or skid to : slow or halt by a skid
: to haul (as logs) by dragging
: to haul along, slide, hoist, or store on skids
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