Auburn ends 2-game skid with 26-10 win over No. 25 A&M.

I looked into my dictionaries (Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary,Londman Advanced American Dictionary, and Collins Cobuild Advanced Dictionary),but didn't find a suitable meaning for that "2-game skid". I guess it means the team stopped its repeated defeats, doesn't it?

Does “skid” have a specific meaning used in the domain of sports as “losing games (successively)”?

Is it acceptable to say "one-game skid"?

Why is this meaning or such an example not specifically included in famous dictionaries such as Oxford and Longman?

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    You should check more than one dictionary. Here are 30 to 40 dictionaries with'skid', all at one website. One Look Dictionary. The second dictionary there (American Heritage) has your answer. And no, we would not say a one-game skid, because a skid is 'repeated losses'. I find even a 'two-game skid' to be a bit iffy, but I guess some writers don't expect their teams to lose more than one in a row.
    – user20792
    Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 7:01
  • @User1 I've checked Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary, Longman Advanced American Dictionary, and there's not a very appropriate meaning for "2-game skid". (Maybe you should put blame on my poor language associative ability as a non-native.) I don't have American Heritage Dictionary at hand. It seems such usage is quite common in English, then I wonder if it's a defect not to include the meaning "repeated losses" for "skid" in famous dictionaries like Oxford and Longman.
    – dennylv
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 2:16
  • I, an English learner, don't think my post an off-topic one. Nevertheless, I accept the rules here.
    – dennylv
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 2:23
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    Okay, I think it should be reopened because Oxford and Collins doesn't have a helpful definition. But now you have the link for One Look in my other comment. (Do you know how many questions we get from people who just want a definition? We try to send people to dictionaries because thar js a tool language learners need to know how to use.)
    – user20792
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 3:01
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    this version of Longman has the exact definition you need, and an example (six-game skid). As for one-game skid, a skid is a period of time, or a number of games in a row. It would be rare to say one-game skid, and it would probably be used in an ironic way.
    – user20792
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 3:04

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Skid row was the term used for impoverished areas, a place where homeless drunks would wind up living, for example the Bowery back in the day. On the skids is slang for having a difficult time. One can easily see the extension into your example.

  • Seattle's "Skid Road" was a steeply sloping road from hills (covered with tall trees) down to a sawmill on the harbor. At the bottom of the road was a notorious red-light district, complete with bars and brothels. Thus, the term represented both (for a log) a literal long-and-steep drop toward its fate and (for a person) a figurative long-and-steep drop in social status.
    – Jasper
    Commented Dec 5, 2015 at 2:11

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