Skid

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Skid

On a ship, a plank of timber set parallel to other planks in order to support weight.
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While Enron stock was hitting the skids last month, other energy traders like Williams Energy Partners L.
And after tries from Jason Robinson, Dafydd James, Brian O'Driscoll and Scott Quinnell, Johnson admitted that it had taken an almighty effort to stop the tour from hitting the skids.
THE number of small businesses in Scotland hitting the skids has rocketed.