put the skids under

Definition of put the skids under

British, informal
:to make (something or someone) likely or certain to fail
  • He scored the goal that put the skids under our hopes for victory.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

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

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate


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