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Skid   /skɪd/   Listen

(Written also skeed)
One of a pair of planks used to make a track for rolling or sliding objects.
A restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation.  Synonyms: brake shoe, shoe.
An unexpected slide.  Synonyms: sideslip, slip.

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"Skid" Quotes from Famous Books

... had a swerve skid; but as there was plenty of room for eccentricities, nothing happened except that the car tried to ...
— The Grim Smile of the Five Towns • Arnold Bennett

... 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 it would be impossible ...
— Sabotage in Space • Carey Rockwell

... then that Chance ordained that his taxicab should skid. On the point of leaving the Ile de la Cite by way of the Pont St. Michel, it suddenly (one might pardonably have believed) went mad, darting crabwise from the middle of the road to the right-hand footway with evident design to climb the rail and make an end to ...
— The Lone Wolf - A Melodrama • Louis Joseph Vance

... speak when and what she did, is more inexplicable to me than you think it is to you—because you've made up your mind to understand it. I can, however, understand how any sweet voice on a night like this might make my friend skid off his usually sane and normal track, because——" he hesitated, adding slowly: "Hardwick, I can't go into my friend's private affairs, but I wish to tell you that he's had a hell of a jolt, and on account of a memory—a memory, Hardwick—we're at Key West tonight. ...
— Wings of the Wind • Credo Harris

... could I? The whole story hinges on you. You were driving the machine. I saw you from the train window as you came through the cut. You handled the gear like an imported chauffeur, but it was steep there on the approach, and the car began to skid. I saw in a flash what was going to happen; it made me limp as a rag. But there was a chance,—the merest hairbreadth, and you took it." He waited a moment, then said, smiling: "That was a picture ...
— The Rim of the Desert • Ada Woodruff Anderson

... shortened rein again; for the hill proved to be a precipitous one, and the horses, held back against the weight of the coach, went down the slope with much sprawling of hind-quarters and kicking up of loose stones. "Don't you put on the skid ...
— Two Sides of the Face - Midwinter Tales • Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

... of this book in blamable terms," skid Father d'Aigrigny, severely; "you were the victim of a too lively imagination. It is to it that you must attribute this fatal impression, and not to an excellent work, irreproachable for its special purpose, and duly ...
— The Wandering Jew, Complete • Eugene Sue

... help. In that desolate place what help could he expect? But he tarried not long to think of how he should act. At the risk of his own life he was bound to do what he could. Grasping his longbow in his two hands and using it as a skid, and digging his heels firmly into the stony ground of the sloping precipice, he went down foot by foot, now swaying this way and now that as the loose stones slipped before his feet. Down, down he went until he came at last to the level top of a steep rock that stood over ...
— The Thirsty Sword • Robert Leighton

... It looked like finis la guerre pour moi for a second." He turned and blew a kiss at the gap in the trees. "Thanks, Mr. Woodchopper, whoever you are. Buzz, never repeat that old poem about 'Woodman, spare that tree!' If he had spared those two—well! Take a look at my tail skid, Old ...
— Aces Up • Covington Clarke

Words linked to "Skid" :   slideway, constraint, get up, restraint, board, coast, raise, brake, side-slip, submarine, brake lining, lift, glide, elevate, plank, chute, drum brake, bring up, landing skid, sloping trough

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