- 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’
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’