|Origin:||Perhaps from a Scandinavian language|
a sudden sliding movement of a vehicle that you cannot control:
Turn the car towards the skid if you lose control of it.
He slammed on the brakes and we went into a long skid (=started to skid).
in a situation that is bad and getting worse:
He's been on the skids since losing his job.
3 British English informal
to make it likely or certain that something will fail:
The recession put the skids under his plans for starting a new business.
a period of time during which a person or team is not successful - used in news reports:
sport[usually singular] American English
The Red Sox victory ended a six-game skid.
a flat narrow part that is under some aircraft such as helicopters, and is used in addition to wheels for landing
a piece of wood that is put under a heavy object to lift or move it