schneid

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noun \ ˈshnīd \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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 schneid
  • It 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 Duryea
  • D.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

Origin and Etymology of 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 2-er) 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 elude 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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