Main definitions of trip in English

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verb

  • 1no object Catch one's foot on something and stumble or fall.

    ‘he tripped over his cat’
    ‘she tripped up during the penultimate lap’
    • ‘Completely taken by surprise, Vincent tripped over the foot and stumbled, falling headlong for the floor.’
    • ‘Then he tripped over his own feet and fell flat on his face.’
    • ‘I tripped over my feet at the edge of a diving board and belly-flopped into the water.’
    • ‘Matt pushed us out the door so fast I almost tripped over my own feet.’
    • ‘She tripped over her own foot, falling down the stairs and landing with a loud thud.’
    • ‘He tripped over his own feet and collapsed on the ground.’
    • ‘However, Philip missed, tripped over a foot stool, and fell face first on the floor.’
    • ‘Marcy stumbled backwards and tripped over her own foot, falling on her bottom with a thud and nearly toppling over the edge of the rock again.’
    • ‘Nodding, the aide nearly tripped over his own feet in his haste to comply.’
    • ‘He tripped over his own feet, falling to the floor near us.’
    • ‘Taken by surprise, I almost tripped over my feet before I started running.’
    • ‘His foot tripped over a piece of rubble and he went sprawling.’
    • ‘She tripped over the foot of the fire place and fell back.’
    • ‘Kate was sleeping like a baby on her bed, at least, until I tripped over my own foot and let out a tiny scream.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Aurelia came hurrying around the corner and tripped over his foot.’
    • ‘But because of my precarious balance I stumbled back, tripped over my own feet and landed on someone's lap.’
    • ‘The force of her attack caught him off guard and he tripped over his own feet, falling to the ground.’
    • ‘Catching sight of it, she shrieked and tripped over her own feet trying to get away from it.’
    • ‘Just then, she tripped over her own feet and fell on the sidewalk.’
    • ‘She tripped over her own feet and fell down the stairs.’
    stumble, lose one's footing, catch one's foot, slip, lose one's balance, stagger, totter, slide
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    1. 1.1with object Cause to stumble and fall.
      ‘she shot out her foot to trip him up’
      • ‘He laughed at every fall, and tripped him when he tried to get up.’
      • ‘Nakita tried to get to her feet a few times but the Goblins would always kick her or trip her and make her fall down again.’
      • ‘Well anyway, Mandy and I were both running after the ball, and I guess I tripped her or she fell on her own, but she went down.’
      • ‘As Katherine tried to stand he tripped her and she fell back to the ground again.’
      • ‘Halfway around the track she was tripped, and she fell into a small puddle while the other girls sprinted ahead unconcerned.’
      • ‘When she got up to ask the conductor to find her a new seat the man tripped her so that she fell into his lap.’
      • ‘It was enough to trip the robber, who dropped the gun and tumbled into a wall.’
      • ‘He than tripped me and caused me to fall forward, right on top of him.’
      • ‘With a growl, she commenced pursuit of the elf, finally diving, catching him off-guard, and tripping him so both stumbled to the ground.’
      • ‘He kicked out his leg, tripping Padlin who tumbled into the paddy wagon.’
      • ‘He ducked this time, and tripped her, and as she fell her sword fell too.’
      • ‘One of her friends tripped the girl, and her books fell out of her hand and papers flew all over the place like small birds trying desperately to gain flight.’
      • ‘She imagined all of it coming out, her tripping them and watching them fall, and then laughing her head off.’
      • ‘Though this was kind of a good thing, meaning that she wouldn't be falling over and tripping the other people that were also in the car.’
      • ‘But instead of trying to get away he pushed hard and tripped me so that I fell to the ground and he fell on top of me.’
      • ‘He used a walking cane to trip Adam and he fell to the floor and let out a surprised scream as Heather pulled back in fear.’
      • ‘I kicked out his foot from under him, tripping him and he fell to the ground with a thunk.’
      • ‘She was within striking distance when John suddenly lashed out with his leg, tripping her, and allowing her to fall to the ground.’
      • ‘Aidan followed this by tripping Kale, causing him to pathetically fall to the ground.’
      • ‘Scott yelled in pain but still managed to trip Damon and send him stumbling past him.’
    2. 1.2trip up Make a mistake.
      ‘taxpayers often trip up by not declaring taxable income’
      • ‘It only trips up when you go up to one of the three bars to get a beer and notice that they are all poured by tap - not a pump in sight.’
      • ‘Even the Queen of The Social Scene trips up every now and then.’
      • ‘But he trips up with his attacks on the sex lives of people.’
      • ‘Everyone trips up every now and then, even teachers, coaches and parents.’
      • ‘And Scotland has a habit of tripping up from time to time - unfortunately’
      • ‘Everyone has slip-ups from time to time and I'm as capable of tripping up as the next person.’
      • ‘And although Heroin trips up on its own determined sleaziness, the album as a whole is a not-unappealing blend of suspenders, silliness and Siouxsie Sioux.’
      • ‘The Government Cabinet lost the run of itself in this period and is still tripping up.’
      • ‘The only time the film trips up is in casting the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly as an Irishman, his grating Scots accent unsuccessfully modulated to try and make it resemble an Irish brogue.’
      • ‘You suspect it's not much of a stretch playing the reckless cynic who one day grows up into a fervent idealist, yet he never trips up.’
      • ‘In our heavily mediated world, stereotypes constantly contradict one another, tripping up, mixing up messages into a flow of images and ideas that beat upon us.’
      make a mistake, miscalculate, make a blunder, blunder, go wrong, get something wrong, make an error, err
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    3. 1.3trip someone upwith object Detect or expose someone in a mistake or inconsistency.
      ‘the man was determined to trip him up on his economics’
      • ‘It is like two wise guys in police interrogation; the best way to trip them up about their alibis is to get them in separate rooms talking on their own, and then compare the two stories for discrepancies.’
      • ‘I'm up on current affairs as a matter of course, but it's those little details that trip you up - the president's name, the exact pronunciation of ‘Britain,’ that sort of thing.’
      • ‘Most of the words were easier than I'd expected, but one of them tripped me up, so I only got 9 right out of 10.’
      • ‘But watch those contractors - they will trip you up wherever they can.’
      • ‘There have always been examples that show that the very things we humans place our confidence in can be the same things that trip us up.’
      • ‘He told me his dad was a doctor, and he tripped me up on something.’
      • ‘And the outcomes for them were that some of their own people were starting to trip them up.’
      • ‘It's like the bureaucracy is there to trip me up and prove me to be a fraud.’
      • ‘By contrast I found Leslie was never stuck up and certainly preferred to encourage others, instead of tripping them up, or engaging in endless altercation for which he seemed to make more of a reputation than he deserved.’
      • ‘It kind of tripped her up, so I told her that it didn't matter.’
      • ‘His prospects of victory were not helped when bosses decided on Monday that the vote would take the form of a secret ballot, allowing his rivals a chance to trip him up without being caught red-handed.’
      • ‘Initially careful not to catch himself out, or say something that might subsequently trip him up, the Biarritz-based Scot pauses for a second.’
      • ‘This could be a year where a lack of diplomacy trips him up, however, especially with Mercury's retrograde motions, when the slightest slip of the tongue can cause legal wrangling.’
      • ‘As a former Catholic schoolboy from the Bronx, surely he knows that falsehoods can trip you up.’
      • ‘The point of view got tangled and tripped me up, so that I even confused the two major characters at one point.’
      • ‘Her failure to respect constitutional propriety has tripped her up before.’
      • ‘And you know, this defense attorney is very experienced, he's very good, and, yes, he was able to trip them up on cross-examination.’
      • ‘Without wanting to sound fatalistic, it's odd how your own warnings can sometimes trip you up.’
      • ‘I have always said I'm not trying to get people to say something that they don't mean, I'm not going to trip them up.’
      • ‘In the virtual world of translation, the ‘false friends’ used in describing them can trip you up.’
      catch out, trap, trick, outwit, outsmart
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  • 2no object, with adverbial Walk, run, or dance with quick light steps.

    ‘they tripped up the terrace steps’
    • ‘For the whole day, I ate small bits of food, skipped, tripped, danced and pranced to my next destination, Penepia.’
    • ‘Kim bounded up the steps first, tripping into the hall.’
    • ‘Kari restrained herself from running to the counter, and compromised by walk/hopping and tripping.’
    run lightly, skip, dance, prance, waltz, bound, spring, hop, gambol, caper, frisk, scamper
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    1. 2.1 (of words) flow lightly and easily.
      ‘a name which trips off the tongue’
      • ‘When it comes to claims about the scale of violence within personal relationships, the ‘one in four’ statistic trips off the tongue.’
      • ‘It only trips off the tongue because we have taken it from the authorities which consistently use it as the test in contract cases.’
      • ‘The slogan trips off the tongue as easily as it did in 1971 when it was first yodelled by Jimmy Savile in a British public information film encouraging viewers to fasten their safety belts.’
      • ‘These terms might not exactly trip off the tongue, but they could stop you putting your foot in it.’
      • ‘This is not a phrase that trips easily off the tongue, as may well be imagined, but it is promptly and cheerfully accepted as permitting no appeal.’
      • ‘The word flexibility trips from the lips of manufacturing executives around the globe.’
      • ‘The audience, after all, is rooting for her before the first punchline has tripped from her lips.’
      • ‘Today's ethical living is merely about the self. ‘My conscience is clear’ is a phrase that trips off the tongue of the purveyors of the eco good life.’
      • ‘It's not a name which trips easily off the tongue.’
      • ‘You want a name that trips easily off the tongue?’
      • ‘I think it's playful, it trips off the tongue - remember, you're not a four-year-old.’
      • ‘It's just that the name doesn't trip off the tongue so easily.’
      • ‘Competitiveness is not a word that trips off the tongue lightly but that's no excuse for the government to all but ignore this vital factor in our economic success.’
      • ‘I don't use the word ‘ranger’: that is an American word tripping off people's tongues.’
      • ‘The phrase trips easily off the tongues of many being interviewed about their organisations.’
  • 3with object Activate (a mechanism), especially by contact with a switch, catch, or other electrical device.

    ‘somebody tripped the alarm’
    • ‘In operation, when the lever is lowered, the trigger is tripped, dropping the hammer to a safe position against the breech block.’
    • ‘Her knees bent slightly so she could see herself in the mirror and her leg tripped a switch that flicked on the lights.’
    • ‘If a single atom of the substance decays, it will activate a relay mechanism which trips a hammer.’
    • ‘Fire exit doors to stairwells, for example, should unlock when a fire alarm is tripped.’
    • ‘Police were first alerted when a tracker device was tripped at a holiday site in East Yorkshire.’
    • ‘We tripped some kind of alarm, and almost got caught.’
    • ‘Yet the idea was that if he made any sound over a certain level, he would trip the alarm.’
    • ‘As it turned out, they had now penetrated the inner hatch and still had not tripped an alarm.’
    • ‘In addition, there are portable tripping devices that can be placed on the track to automatically stop trains by engaging their emergency breaks.’
    • ‘In our investigations, interference was far more likely to trip a false alarm than it was to fail to detect an apnea.’
    • ‘If it is, the mechanism trips a set of latches that attach the crossbar to the window to protect the glass.’
    • ‘The alarm was not tripped, and so the Police were not alerted.’
    • ‘Sabriel jumped through the now open window, careful not to trip any alarms.’
    • ‘I turned off the machine, then took the sensors off, not wanting to trip an alarm.’
    • ‘If even a single atom of the substance decays during the test period, a relay mechanism will trip a hammer, which will, in turn, break the vial and kill the cat.’
    • ‘They'll also let you view security cameras in your home if a motion sensor trips the alarm.’
    • ‘When the stop switch is tripped, floor-mounted clamps lock down the pins on the body shell.’
    • ‘It seemed that an American retreating from the confrontation had tripped the switch on his musket.’
    • ‘The lift reached the ground floor safely, but the extra weight tripped a brake and cut the power supply.’
    • ‘In the darkened capacity of the enormous factory, they worked quickly to pull off the sabotage without tripping the alarms.’
    set off, activate, trigger
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    1. 3.1no object (of part of an electric circuit) disconnect automatically as a safety measure.
      ‘the plugs will trip as soon as any change in current is detected’
      • ‘If you overload the circuit, you will cause the circuit breaker to trip at best, and a fire at worst.’
      • ‘She checked all the plugs and everything was still plugged in and no circuit breakers have been tripped.’
      • ‘In case of an overload or a short on that circuit, the breaker trips and automatically shuts off power to that circuit.’
      • ‘In another place, an overloaded circuit breaker tripped, plunging a corridor into sudden darkness.’
      • ‘If the equipment is wired incorrectly, operators using a device with a single-pole circuit breaker are at risk of electric shock when it trips.’
  • 4Nautical
    with object Release and raise (an anchor) from the seabed by means of a cable.

    • ‘During the hustle of everyone getting underway someone tripped the anchor that we used to stabilize our dinghy.’
    • ‘The weight of the chain keeps the pull on the anchor parallel to the bottom, which keeps the forces of wind and tide from tripping the anchor.’
    • ‘The whole of us then commenced heaving the brig short, sending the whale-boat to take her in tow, after we had tripped the anchor.’
    1. 4.1 Turn (a yard or other object) from a horizontal to a vertical position for lowering.
      • ‘For running in high seas we put a large square sail forward, tripping the yard along the foremast, much like a spinnaker boom.’
      • ‘Should the ship be rolling heavily, care is to be taken that a turn or two of the parrel-lashing be kept fast till perfectly ready for tripping the yard.’
      • ‘When this is hauled on, it trips the yard and unrigs the lower yard arm.’
  • 5informal no object Experience hallucinations induced by taking a psychedelic drug, especially LSD.

    ‘a couple of boys were tripping’
    ‘he smoked weed and tripped out on acid’
    • ‘Well to make a long story short she was killed by a drug addict who was tripping on acid.’
    • ‘He had never tripped on acid before but he imagined that the drug's effects caused the user's imagination to run amok.’
    • ‘If you happen to be tripping on LSD, this may be highly enjoyable.’
    • ‘She thinks little of seeking vengeance for wrongs, tripping out on magic mushrooms and, in an especially lovely moment of controlled atmosphere, engaging in a spot of Ouija board shenanigans.’
    • ‘A friend and I were tripping on an unspecified drug, laughing our heads off, and channel surfing.’
    • ‘Was she near that garage, or was the contact just tripping out on the drugs?’
    • ‘The drugs hit her fast and she was tripping before we knew what was happening.’
    • ‘Have you played chess against someone not tripping while on LSD?’
    • ‘I just hope some of this might stimulate the imagination of somebody more able to handle the details than myself, maybe I was just tripping out when all this came to me!’
    • ‘No one is home but Jane, who thinks that the city is on fire because she is tripping on Benzedrine.’
    • ‘LSD didn't mean tripping so much, it was more a universal motto; Love, Sex, Drugs; A Way Of Life.’
    • ‘His trilogy of plays portrays Christ as a political radical who unwittingly fathers a child during a brief affair and knows the joys of tripping on drugs.’
    • ‘When tripping on mescaline, I often feel as though the world is changing shape all around me.’
    • ‘Most of the users expected to experience occasional bad trips and considered this a normal risk of tripping.’
    • ‘It sounds like it was made by two people who spent a certain amount of time just tripping out and capturing thoughts and sounds on tape.’
    1. 5.1be trippingNorth American Be behaving in an irrational or crazy way.
      ‘you're tripping if you think I'm hanging around’
      ‘I would like to know if I'm the one who's trippin' or if it's him’
      • ‘I was totally tripping, because, well, she looked amazing.’
      • ‘He wondered if he was tripping, because there was only one girl again.’
      • ‘Christine was seriously trippin' but sometimes people just don't handle panic well.’
      • ‘She's tripping because you left her high and dry.’
      • ‘I need to stop trippin'; there are no wrong answers, just better choices.’
      • ‘My son was trippin' when his phone wouldn't turn back on.’
      • ‘Why she gotta be trippin'?’
      • ‘When I heard about it, I was trippin'.’
      • ‘If he thinks another team wants him to start, he is trippin'.’
      • ‘He's trippin' even worse than you and me.’
  • 6no object, with adverbial of direction Go on a short journey.

    ‘when tripping through the Yukon take some time to explore our museums’
    • ‘You have to be very careful when tripping through New Mexico.’
    • ‘There are certain tenets when tripping through Mexico.’
    travel, take a trip, go on a excursion, go on a journey, go on a trip, journey, tour, trek, hike, cruise
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noun

  • 1A journey or excursion, especially for pleasure.

    ‘Sammy's gone on a school trip’
    ‘a trip to America’
    • ‘She said that her favorite parts of the trip were excursions to Pompeii and the port city Ostea.’
    • ‘Reserve this coming Monday for a pleasure trip with a difference.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when a family celebrated these occasions with dinner, happy discourse and pleasure trips.’
    • ‘The trip continues with a journey to the southern Tyrol region in Austria.’
    • ‘Resorts offer both half-day trips and whole day excursions.’
    • ‘There are always plenty of trips and visits during the school year and in the holidays.’
    • ‘A pleasure trip or an outing rejuvenates your energy and relationships today.’
    • ‘Some satisfy it by making frequent trips to the countryside: it is estimated that a staggering 1.1 billion trips for pleasure are made to the English countryside every year.’
    • ‘Without them, many elderly and disabled people will be denied simple pleasures, such as shopping trips, outings and visits to clubs or shows.’
    • ‘This is in fact the best and certainly recommended way to dive the islands - excursions visit the islands with trips lasting up to ten days.’
    • ‘It also has a splendid harbour full of boats offering fishing trips, pleasure cruises and diving excursions.’
    • ‘They also go on mystery trips, weekends away and holidays at the seaside.’
    • ‘Tours, trips and social outings are just some of the activities that are planned.’
    • ‘It's the time to go out on a pleasure trip with your family and friends.’
    • ‘She had the pleasure of taking several trips to Mexico to visit family members.’
    • ‘Tourism industry chiefs have told us it is ideal for school trips and coach excursions.’
    • ‘He gained a love for the wilderness from various excursions such as sailing trips on Lake Ontario and explorations of Hudson Bay.’
    • ‘When it came to social activities, Ashley organized hikes or walking trips with friends instead of eating out.’
    • ‘Love, laughter, hospitality, entertainment and pleasure trips are some of the heart-warming features of the incoming year.’
    • ‘But people don't always think about the possible harm done by their pleasure trips to coral reefs.’
    excursion, outing, jaunt
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    1. 1.1 The distance from start to finish of a race.
      ‘the dog clocked a tremendous 27.47 secs for the 450 metres trip’
      • ‘But whether he gets to race over the trip again, however, remains to be seen.’
      • ‘Ridden by Darryll, she still had three of her five rivals in front of her entering the final furlong of the mile-and-a-half trip.’
      • ‘Persian Punch, who was caught four wide the entire trip, finished six lengths back in third.’
      • ‘Geraghty took up the running well before the bend and although Le Roi Miguel tried to challenge, he was never able to mount a serious bid but did see out the trip for second.’
      • ‘Refuse To Bend has a very relaxed way of racing but I have my doubts about him getting the trip around Epsom.’
  • 2A stumble or fall due to catching one's foot on something.

    ‘trips and falls cause nearly half of all accidents’
    • ‘The most common causes of accidents are slips, trips and falls at work and lifting habits which result in back injuries.’
    • ‘Many falls result from trips and slips when the impaired balance of an elderly person prevents swift corrective action.’
    • ‘The majority of genuine damages claims were for slips, trips and falls.’
    • ‘More than 10% of head injuries requiring hospitalisation amongst children come from simple trips and falls when just running around.’
    • ‘Slips, trips and falls are a very common cause of accidents with hundreds of thousands of incidents reported each year.’
    • ‘Mechanisms of injury included falls, trips or slips, body contact with another person or object, wet/uneven ground and inappropriate footwear.’
    • ‘Until now, medics have not seen an increase in the number of slips, trips and falls.’
    • ‘Postal workers have enough problems with dog bites and slips, trips, and falls.’
    • ‘Slips, trips and falls can happen in almost any industry but for building workers the problem is particularly deadly.’
    • ‘Almost a third of injuries are incurred handling, lifting and carrying while slips, trips, and falls cause almost a fifth.’
    • ‘The hazard of ‘slips, trips and falls’ is identified but no control measures for that hazard are identified.’
    • ‘The reasons can vary from liver illnesses to assaults, trips and falls.’
    • ‘Other topics on the agenda are reducing slips, trips and falls and back injury, preventing at-work road accidents and managing asbestos in buildings.’
    • ‘Another good practice is teaching children to put their toys safely away on shelves or in a toy chest after playing, to prevent trips and falls.’
    • ‘Make your child aware that leaving backpacks on the floor can cause trips and falls - it's safer to set belongings on chairs or tables.’
    • ‘Employers and staff who want advice on preventing slips, trips and falls at work can contact the division.’
    • ‘He realized that that fall was not just a regular trip or stumble.’
    • ‘Compensation cheats who make fraudulent claims for trips and falls are costing taxpayers millions of pounds.’
    • ‘The service aims to reduce the number of elderly people who are seriously injured or debilitated by trips and falls in their own homes.’
    • ‘However, the number of accidents caused by livestock, trips and falls in the farmyard increased.’
    stumble, slip, misstep, false step
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    1. 2.1archaic A mistake.
      ‘an occasional trip in the performance’
      mistake, error, blunder, gaffe, slip, slip of the pen, slip of the tongue, lapse, oversight, indiscretion
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  • 3informal A hallucinatory experience caused by taking a psychedelic drug, especially LSD.

    ‘acid trips’
    • ‘It was a nice article about Walter's hallucinations and drug trips.’
    • ‘It was like emerging from a long meditative trance or an acid trip.’
    • ‘Ann describes their relationship in the context of many hallucinogenic experiences, providing the reader a verbal rendering of a variety of drug trips.’
    • ‘It was like a psychedelic trip without that messy paranoia business.’
    • ‘You don't have to be on an acid trip to experience altered perceptions.’
    • ‘My breakdown/enlightenment actually came about as a result of a drug trip.’
    • ‘Good cinema is like a drug trip - you can enter other worlds and escape.’
    • ‘Most of the users expected to experience occasional bad trips and considered this a normal risk of tripping.’
    • ‘Much as he liked his acid trips, cocaine was not his thing.’
    • ‘Therefore, there may actually be cognitive similarities between the trips of one LSD user and another.’
    • ‘They're vivid memories of the trip where the tripper can remember what he felt on acid.’
    • ‘Acid users who have a bad trip often try to physically run away from the experience and can become a danger to themselves, by running into the road for instance.’
    • ‘Their performance is so over the top they look like they are in the throes of a hallucinogenic trip.’
    • ‘The film shows bad craziness building up through the day: chaotic crowds of people, acid trips and sullen bikers hunched over the stage, drinking beer.’
    • ‘Paintings of dogs come to life during drug trips, the sight of which is unintentionally funny.’
    • ‘The film doesn't stop at intergenerational same-sex relations or drug trips.’
    • ‘I've seen the mandalas and lights and patterns of delirium and drug trips, watched the shamans in their trances during field research.’
    • ‘But he claims his leading inspiration was his own acid trips in the early '80s.’
    • ‘We do not fully realize that falling in love is like a drug trip, an extreme high.’
    • ‘Her old life meshed oddly with her new, creating so many conflicts Syd felt as if she were on a drug trip.’
    delusion, illusion, figment of the imagination, vision, apparition, mirage, chimera, fantasy, dream, daydream
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    1. 3.1 An exciting or stimulating experience.
      ‘it was quite a trip talking to you’
      • ‘It's been quite a trip, this three day event.’
      • ‘Watching their family dynamic the past few years has been quite a trip.’
      • ‘Well, it's been quite a trip so far, and I am about to start my fifth year of this stuff, and I've had enough.’
    2. 3.2 A self-indulgent attitude or activity.
      ‘I'm not sure if she really liked me or if I was just part of her power trip’
      • ‘A manager on an ego trip will see a forceful employee as an opportunity to wield her power and influence.’
      • ‘We are, in every sense, ‘just wasting time’ going on an ego trip instead of trying to just love the person, which would lead to our own happiness.’
      • ‘All I can say is the city is on a power trip and they need to come down to earth and see the simpler stuff in life.’
  • 4A device that activates or disconnects a mechanism, circuit, etc.

    as modifier ‘a trip mechanism’
    • ‘Remove fuse or trip circuit breaker to off for the room or outlet you are replacing.’
    • ‘The generation of a trip signal is withheld when the rate of rise is greater than the limit value.’
    • ‘Power is supplied continuously to the trip unit during motor overload or short circuit conditions.’
  • 5archaic A light, lively movement of a person's feet.

    ‘yonder comes Dalinda; I know her by her trip’
    • ‘Yonder comes Dalinda; I know her by her Trip.’

Phrases

  • trip the light fantastic

    • humorous Dance, in particular engage in ballroom dancing.

      • ‘She tap-dances and trips the light fantastic in a couple of big-production numbers, wearing a Gloria Swanson-style wig and fabulous frocks.’
      • ‘When that music starts up again, I want to feel you in my arms, tripping the light fantastic.’
      • ‘Many who attended the festival in those years have still remained fans and those same drama fans, who were big on dancing, are more at ease in the seats at a play than tripping the light fantastic in earlier years.’
      • ‘They enjoyed a four-course dinner, charity auction and a dance band so they could trip the light fantastic.’
      • ‘As the crowd tripped the light fantastic, Gareth and Joseph pulled apart a huge Christmas cracker to set the city alight.’
      • ‘Their repertoire will be a blend of songs old and new, with the more energetic tripping the light fantastic.’
      • ‘They are great fans of this style of dancing and trip the light fantastic each Thursday night to keep in practice.’
      • ‘Three west Wiltshire towns tripped the light fantastic as they got the festive season underway.’
      • ‘He can still trip the light fantastic as good as ever and his many friends have wished him many more years of health and happiness.’
      • ‘In recent years, ‘6O's nights’ have become very popular, bringing out some not so young rockers for a nostalgic night of tripping the light fantastic.’
      trip, sway, spin, whirl, twirl, pirouette, gyrate
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French triper, from Middle Dutch trippen ‘to skip, hop’.

Pronunciation

trip

/trɪp/

Main definitions of trip in English

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trip2

noun

rare
  • 1A flock or group of goats, sheep, or other animals.

    ‘she exchanged her cows for a trip of goats’
    • ‘The boy heard some little noise from afar and thought he saw a trip of goats.’
    • ‘Like a trip of mountain goats skipping from crag to crag, a fleet of dozers, tractors, and haulers currently is moving from slope to slope.’
    • ‘Hounds are astonished and divided by the sudden appearance of a trip of hares.’
    • ‘The fold course is for the small trip of sheep.’
  • 2A small flock of wildfowl.

    ‘a small trip of dotterel alighted on the cricket field’
    • ‘For wader enthusiasts each spring provides an opportunity to discover a trip of dotterel.’
    • ‘It is curious, on a still winter's night, to listen to a trip of ducks feeding.’
    • ‘On being told that I had only seen one small trip of teal and many shelduck, they seemed a little disappointed and asked what shelduck looked like.’
    • ‘There does not appear to have been a single trip of fowl on the coast.’
    • ‘After scanning the horizon with his eagle-eye, he proceeds in search of another trip of fowl.’

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin; perhaps related to troop.

Pronunciation

trip

/trɪp/