- any of a number of parallel beams or timbers fixed in place as a raised support for boats, spars, etc.
- any of a number of timbers on which a heavy object is placed to be shoved along on rollers or slid.
- an arrangement of planks serving as a runway for cargo.
- an arrangement of planks serving as a fender to protect the side of a vessel during transfer of cargo.
- sidewise motion of a vessel; leeway.
verb (used with object), skid·ded, skid·ding.
verb (used without object), skid·ded, skid·ding.
Origin of skid
Related formsskid·ding·ly, adverban·ti·skid·ding, adjective
Examples from the Web for skid
Downtown L.A. was basically just Skid Row back then, and we closed it down to shoot that shootout sequence.Tom Sizemore’s Revenge: On Tom Cruise’s Scientology Recruitment, Drugs, and Craving a Comeback|Marlow Stern|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I did think you had to end up on skid row if you were an alcoholic.
But today Skid Row is in the news—for all the wrong reasons.
Today Skid Row resembles a Third World tent city teeming with sleeping bags, shopping carts, and people with nowhere else to go.
The remaining 18 presumably “had contact with the patients in Skid Row,” said Fielding.
There was a pause while the chains on the rear wheels were supplemented by others in front, for there must be no danger of a skid.Long Live the King|Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Skid, collision, run-over, smash-up—" Merry began helpfully.The Bachelors|William Dana Orcutt
Lucky, too, for I had to go out front and help with some poor devils brought in from Skid's.
One drunken brawl at Skid's has led to clashes where whisky wasn't the inciting cause.
At sight of the skunk, the dog stopped so precipitately as to skid for almost a foot in the soft snow.Followers of the Trail|Zoe Meyer
British Dictionary definitions for skid
verb skids, skidding or skidded
Derived Formsskiddy, adjective
Word Origin for skid
Idioms and Phrases with skid
In addition to the idiom beginning with skid
- skid row
- on the skids
- put the skids on
- put the skids under