\ ˈshnīd How to pronounce schneid (audio) \

Definition of schneid

US slang
: a losing streak (as in sports) If the AFC breaks the Super Bowl schneid this season, it'll be an upset …— Peter King usually used in the phrases on the schneid and off the schneidIt seems so hard to believe now, but back in April the New York Yankees, the team that would break the record for single season wins, started its season on the schneid. An 0-3 start? That had serious schneid written all over it.— Bill DuryeaD.C. United (0-3-1) finally got off the schneid [=ended its losing streak] Thursday night, collecting its first point of the season in a 1-1 tie…— George Solomon

Examples of schneid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jones’s fantasy football owners just have one question: When will the schneid end? Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Julio Jones Needs a Map for the End Zone," 11 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the labor share, measured as wages and salaries paid to individuals, has been on a schneid, falling to 42.2% in 2013 from 46.2% in 1991. Michael Hiltzik,, "Employers will do almost anything to find workers to fill jobs — except pay them more," 10 July 2018 Deer Park is off the bi-district playoff schneid after being Goose Creek Memorial 74-65. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress Falls boys beat Bellaire in bi-district playoff game," 20 Feb. 2018 The Vikings are the NFC Super Bowl favorites, the team with the best chance to make it to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, the team that could end the schneid of no team ever playing a Super Bowl team at home. Peter King,, "Wild-Card Wows By Drew Brees, Saints Set Up NFL Divisional Playoff Matchup For The Ages," 8 Jan. 2018 Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns: His team will host Lewis' Bengals on Sunday, ensuring one of these coaches will get off the schneid. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL hot seat rankings: Things only look worse for Marvin Lewis' winless Cincinnati Bengals," 26 Sep. 2017 And this may be his best opportunity to get off the schneid all month. Dan Wiederer,, "Bears at Buccaneers: Week 2 matchups and predictions," 15 Sep. 2017 The Warhawks are looking to get off the schneid after a 1-2 start, while a win for the Lasers would make the program's first playoff appearance since 2008 nearly a lock. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The docket is full of big games in area prep football for Week 4. Here are nine of them.," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of schneid

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schneid

earlier, "failure to score a point (in gin rummy)," short for schneider in same sense, earlier, as adjective, "having scored 30 or fewer points (in skat)," borrowed from German Schneider, literally, "tailor," in the idioms aus dem Schneider sein "to have scored more than 30 points (in skat)," literally, "to be out of the tailor," (im) Schneider sein, Schneider werden "to score less than 30 points," literally, "to be/become (a) tailor / be in the tailor"; Schneider going back to Middle High German snīdære, derivative (with -ære, agent suffix, going back to Old High German -āri -er entry 2) of snīden "to cut," going back to Old High German snīdan, going back to Germanic *snīþan- (whence Old English snīðan "to cut," Old Saxon snīthan, Old Norse sníða, Gothic sneiþan), of uncertain origin

Note: The German card-playing idioms aus dem Schneider sein, im Schneider sein, etc., presumably allude to stereotypes of the tailor as poor, miserable, timid, or the like, as reflected in such expressions as (armer) Schneider "poor wretch" (literally, "poor tailor"), er ist ein Schneider "he looks like death warmed-over" (literally, "he is a tailor"), frieren wie ein Schneider "be cold to the bone" (literally, "freeze like a tailor").

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“Schneid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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