on the skids

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on the skids ‎(not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) In decline; going downhill; in trouble.
    • 1938, "Work Undone," Time, 27 June:
      Entering an election year, no Congress obeys a second-term President whose popularity is on the skids.
    • 2007, "Hot-tempered soul man a rock original," The Australian, 17 Dec. (retrieved 12 May 2009):
      Without her, his life was on the skids.

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