on the skids

Definition of on the skids


  1. :  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

skidplay skids
  1. :  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

  1. :  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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contemplative of or relative to the past

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