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Definition of trip verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    trip

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//trɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trip
    BrE BrE//trɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪp//
     
    he / she / it trips
    BrE BrE//trɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪps//
     
    past simple tripped
    BrE BrE//trɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪpt//
     
    past participle tripped
    BrE BrE//trɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪpt//
     
    -ing form tripping
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to catch your foot on something and fall or almost fall She tripped and fell. trip over/on something Someone will trip over that cable. (figurative) I was tripping over my words in my excitement to tell them the news. trip over/up Be careful you don't trip up on the step.
  2. 2  [transitive] trip somebody (also trip somebody up) to catch somebody’s foot and make them fall or almost fall As I passed, he stuck out a leg and tried to trip me up. The referee said Rooney was tripped and gave a penalty.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (literary) to walk, run or dance with quick light steps She said goodbye and tripped off along the road. (figurative) a melody with a light tripping rhythm
  4. 4[transitive] trip something to release a switch, etc. or to operate something by doing so to trip a switch Any intruders will trip the alarm.
  5. 5[intransitive] (informal) to be under the influence of a drug that makes you hallucinate
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French triper, from Middle Dutch trippen ‘to skip, hop’.Extra examples Be careful or you’ll trip up. Don’t leave toys on stairs where someone could trip and fall. I nearly tripped over the cat. One of the boys tripped over and crashed into a tree. She came tripping lightly down the stairs. She tripped on the loose stones. She went tripping along the path. Be careful you don’t trip up on the step.Idioms
    roll/slip/trip off the tongue
     
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    to be easy to say or pronounce It's not a name that exactly trips off the tongue, is it?
    a trip/walk down memory lane
     
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    time that you spend thinking about and remembering the past or going to a place again in order to remind yourself of past experiences Visiting my old school was a real trip down memory lane.
    Phrasal Verbstrip up
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