Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 11, 2000
In Reply to: Get off the schnied posted by Kevin Shinners on December 11, 2000
: Wodering of the exact meaning and origin of the term "get off the schnied". I have heard this used as meaning to move off of dead center or get on the winning track.
"Schneide" is German for "edge":
cutting edge -- Schneide
edge -- die Schneide
edge -- Kante; Schneide; Rand
edged -- mit einer Schneide versehen
I have always taken it to mean the latter--get on the winning track.