General English


  • noun a slide on slippery ground
  • noun a condition of uncoordinated flight then the aircraft moves away from the centre of a turn
  • verb to move sideways towards the outside of a turning manoeuvre

Cars & Driving

  • noun the action or result of skidding
  • verb to slide sideways (often out of control)
  • verb to slide in a straight line (as after sudden braking with, maybe, locked brakes)


  • noun a flat wooden base on which goods can be stacked for easy handling by a fork-lift truck


  • verb (of a fast ball) to come quickly on to the bat or wicket with a lower than expected bounce and an (apparent) increase in pace off the pitch
    Citation ‘Statham was soon recalled, and for the moment checked the dashing young man, who had a narrow escape when what was intended to be a bouncer skidded’ (Peebles 1959)
    Citation ‘Even the direction of the blades [of grass] makes a difference. If they face the stumps the ball skids but if it is facing down the track the ball tends to hold on to the surface just a shade longer’ (Amrit Mathur, Sportstar [Chennai] 16 July 1994)


  • noun a scruffy, disreputable individual. The term, used in the USA and Canada since the 1990s, is probably based on ‘skid row’.
  • verb to leave, go away. A usage which was fashionable among adolescents in Britain in the late 1980s.
  • verb to ‘slum’, make do with little money, secondhand clothes, etc. This student term of the 1980s is probably inspired by ‘skid row’