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Skid  v. i.  
To slide without rotating; said of a wheel held from turning while the vehicle moves onward.
To fail to grip the roadway; specif., to slip sideways on the road; to side-slip; said esp. of a cycle or automobile.

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"Skid" Quotes from Famous Books

... boyhood, but there was no one to contradict him. The public, stimulated to hopefulness, produced analogous experiences. It had had a hay-cart over it, with a harvest-home on the top, such as we see in pictures. It had had the Bangor coach over it, going down hill, and got caught in the skid. It had been under an artillery corps and field-guns at a gallop, when the Queen revoo'd the troops in Hyde Park. And look at it now! Horse-kicks and wheel-crushing really had a bracing tendency; gave the constitution tone, and ...
— When Ghost Meets Ghost • William Frend De Morgan

... an almost incredible speed. It gathered shape swiftly, and he watched it with a fascination which kept him rooted to the spot. Above the wind he could hear the throbbing of its engines. He saw it round a slight curve in the road, with two wheels in the air, and a skid which seemed for a moment as though it must mean destruction. Mud and small stones flew up around it. The driver was crouching forward over the wheel, tense and motionless. Duncombe moved to the side of the road to let it ...
— A Maker of History • E. Phillips Oppenheim

... genuine, sincere, heart-whole earnest, I might introduce her and John to my friend, 'Jane.' It is probable that if I did, Eileen would not expect me to help her, and at the same time she wouldn't feel that I was acting indifferently because I did not. We'll wait awhile, Katy, and see whether we skid before we ...
— Her Father's Daughter • Gene Stratton-Porter

... and the people scatter. I stand still and everything trembles. I move and kill dogs. I skid and chickens die. I pass swiftly from place to place, and horses bolt in dust storms which cover the land. I make the dust storms. For I am Omnipotent; I make everything. I make dust, I make smell, I make noise. And I go forward, ever forward, and pass through ...
— Mr. Punch Awheel - The Humours of Motoring and Cycling • J. A. Hammerton

... his search, not daring to ask questions, simply keeping his eyes open for the man. Finally he had been forced to abandon the search when he saw a stereo newscast reporting that the missing cadet, Tom Corbett, had been traced to Skid Row. He decided that it was time to leave Mars and went to the huge main spaceport, hoping to get aboard a ship bound for Earth. But the Space Marines were stationed at every gate, examining each departing passenger carefully, and Tom knew ...
— Sabotage in Space • Carey Rockwell

... skid around a sharp corner and heard her car for some few moments thereafter, but that was all. They were too well used to Crazy Jane McCarthy, by this time, to be surprised at anything she ...
— The Meadow-Brook Girls Afloat • Janet Aldridge

... dollars down and ten dollars a month for a year." Climbing higher, the roads become steeper and narrower and, because of the heavy rains, very highly crowned, with frequent right-angle and hair-pin turns. Here a skid or a side-slip or the failure of your brakes is quite likely to bring your career to an abrupt and unpleasant termination. To motor along one of these military mountain highways when it is slippery from rain is as nerve-trying as walking on a shingled roof with smooth-soled shoes. ...
— Italy at War and the Allies in the West • E. Alexander Powell

... other, and stumble. The rain is continuous, and water runs in the bottom of the trench. The floor-gratings yield as the soil becomes soaked; some of them slope to right or left and we skid on them. In the dark, too, one cannot see them, so we miss them at the turnings and put our feet into holes full ...
— Under Fire - The Story of a Squad • Henri Barbusse

Words linked to "Skid" :   shoe, chute, slideway, skidder, side-slip, drum brake, sloping trough, get up, bring up, constraint, coast, submarine, board, skid lid, sideslip, lift, skid row, slew, brake, raise, brake lining, plank, restraint, brake shoe, landing skid, slip, glide, slide, slue, elevate, skid road

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