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    Default A build is slipping

    Hello.

    It was said that a build is delayed and then a manager asked why the build was slipping.
    I have looked up the OALD for the verb slip and didn't find any evidence that 'slipping' has the meaning of 'delaying'.
    Could you please help to find out what is the meaning of that word.

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    Default Re: A build is slipping

    It was said that a build is delayed and then a manager asked why the build was slipping.
    I have looked up the OALD for the verb slip and didn't find any evidence that 'slipping' has the meaning of 'delaying'.
    Could you please help to find out what is the meaning of that word.


    Without further context, I think that in this case "slipping" means "slipping/lagging/falling behind" the deadlines or expected rate of progress set for the project.

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    Default Re: A build is slipping

    Is that like when a car skids?

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    Default Re: A build is slipping

    Is that like when a car skids?

    In some contexts "skid" and "slip" can have very similar meanings and may even be interchangeable.
    "His foot skidded/slipped on a patch of oil in the garage".
    But, for the meaning intended in your original example, "to slip behind" is a natural phrase whereas "to skid behind" is incorrect.

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