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bad trip

noun

, Slang.
  1. a mentally or physically horrifying drug-taking experience, as one accompanied by nightmarish hallucinations or by physical pain.
  2. a dismayingly unpleasant experience:

    He was so ill-prepared that college was a bad trip for him.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of bad trip1

First recorded in 1965–70

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Idioms and Phrases

A frightening or otherwise very unpleasant experience, as in Given the poor turnout, her book tour was a bad trip . The term comes from drug slang of the mid-1900s, where it meant experiencing hallucinations, pain, or other terrible effects from taking a drug, especially LSD. It was then extended to any extremely unpleasant experience.

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