trip

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[ trip ]
/ trɪp /

noun

verb (used without object), tripped, trip·ping.

verb (used with object), tripped, trip·ping.

Idioms

    lay a trip on, Slang. to inflict one's preoccupations or obsessions on (another person): Mother's been trying to lay a guilt trip on me about leaving home.
    trip the light fantastic, Facetious. to go dancing.

Origin of trip

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1350–1400; 1960–65 for def 12; Middle English trippen to step lightly < Old French trip(p)er < Middle Dutch; compare early Dutch trippen, Dutch trippelen (frequentative with -el), akin to Old English treppan to tread

SYNONYMS FOR trip

1 excursion, tour, jaunt, junket. Trip, expedition, journey, pilgrimage, voyage are terms for a course of travel made to a particular place, usually for some specific purpose. Trip is the general word, indicating going any distance and returning, by walking or any means of locomotion, for either business or pleasure, and in either a hurried or a leisurely manner: a trip to Europe; a vacation trip; a bus trip. An expedition, made often by an organized company, is designed to accomplish a specific purpose: an archaeological expedition. Journey indicates a trip of considerable length, wholly or mainly by land, for business or pleasure or other reasons, and is now applied to travel that is more leisurely or more fatiguing than a trip; a return is not necessarily indicated: the long journey to Tibet. A pilgrimage is made as to a shrine, from motives of piety or veneration: a pilgrimage to Lourdes. A voyage is travel by water or air, usually for a long distance and for business or pleasure; if by water, leisure is indicated: a voyage around the world.
7 lapse, oversight.
14 bungle, blunder, err.

Related forms

un·tripped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trip the light fantastic

trip

/ (trɪp) /

noun


verb trips, tripping or tripped

See also trip out

Derived Forms

trippingly, adverb

Word Origin for trip

C14: from Old French triper to tread, of Germanic origin; related to Low German trippen to stamp, Middle Dutch trippen to walk trippingly, trepelen to trample
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Idioms and Phrases with trip the light fantastic (1 of 2)

trip the light fantastic

Dance, as in Let's go out tonight and trip the light fantastic. This expression was originated by John Milton in L'Allegro (1632): “Come and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastick toe.” The idiom uses trip in the sense of “a light, tripping step,” and although fantastick was never the name of any particular dance, it survived and was given revived currency in James W. Blake's immensely popular song, The Sidewalks of New York (1894).


Idioms and Phrases with trip the light fantastic (2 of 2)

trip

In addition to the idioms beginning with trip

  • triple threat
  • trip the light fantastic
  • trip up

also see:

  • bad trip
  • ego trip
  • round trip

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