Idiom Magic﹕經濟走下坡 On the skids

【明報專訊】I have heard people say that Fergus and his friends who live down by the railway station are on the skids. "I have heard that said too," Fergus nodded, "but I disagree with that opinion. You see, on the skids is a colloquial term which describes a person - though it could also be applied to a city or a neighbourhood - in a state of economic decline (經濟衰退)." Fergus paused for a moment. "So generally speaking, while my neighbourhood may be on the skids, I am not. I am just temporarily without funds." I guess that explains that!