- a journey or voyage: to win a trip to Paris.
- a journey, voyage, or run made by a boat, train, bus, or the like, between two points: It's a short trip from Baltimore to Philadelphia.
- round trip(defs 1, 2).
- a single journey or course of travel taken as part of one's duty, work, etc.: his daily trip to the bank.
- a stumble; misstep.
- a sudden impeding or catching of a person's foot so as to throw the person down, especially in wrestling.
- a slip, mistake, error, or blunder.
- an error or lapse in conduct or etiquette.
- a light, nimble step or movement of the feet.
- a projecting object mounted on a moving part for striking a control lever to stop, reverse, or otherwise control the actions of some machine, as a milling machine or printing press.
- a sudden release or start.
- a catch of fish taken by a fishing vessel in a single voyage.
- an instance or period of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, especially LSD.
- the euphoria, illusions, etc., experienced during such a period.
- any stimulating or exciting experience: The class reunion was a real trip.
- any intense interest or preoccupation: She's been on a nostalgia trip all week.
- a period of time, experience, or lifestyle: Those early years in college were a bad trip.
- to stumble: to trip over a child's toy.
- to make a slip, error, or mistake, as in conversation or conduct.
- to step lightly or nimbly; skip; dance.
- to go with a light, quick step or tread: She tripped gaily across the room.
- to make a journey or excursion.
- to tip or tilt.
- Horology. (of a tooth on an escape wheel) to slide past the face of the pallet by which it is supposed to be locked and strike the pallet in such a way as to move the balance or pendulum improperly.
- Slang. to be under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, especially LSD (often followed by out): He tripped out on peyote.
- to cause to stumble (often followed by up): The rug tripped him up.
- to cause to fail; hinder, obstruct, or overthrow.
- to cause to make a slip or error (often followed by up): to trip up a witness by skillful questioning.
- to catch in a slip or error.
- to tip or tilt.
- to break out (an anchor) by turning over or lifting from the bottom by a line (tripping line) attached to the anchor's crown.
- to tip or turn (a yard) from a horizontal to a vertical position.
- to lift (an upper mast) before lowering.
- to operate, start, or set free (a mechanism, weight, etc.) by suddenly releasing a catch, clutch, or the like.
- Machinery. to release or operate suddenly (a catch, clutch, etc.).
- wedge(def 17).
- to tread or dance lightly upon (the ground, floor, etc.).
- Archaic. to perform with a light or tripping step, as a dance.
- 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 trip1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for trip on Thesaurus.com
- an outward and return journey, often for a specific purpose
- any tour, journey, or voyage
- a false step; stumble
- any slip or blunder
- a light step or tread
- a manoeuvre or device to cause someone to trip
- Also called: tripper
- any catch on a mechanism that acts as a switch
- (as modifier)trip button
- a surge in the conditions of a chemical or other automatic process resulting in an instability
- informal a hallucinogenic drug experience
- informal any stimulating, profound, etc, experience
- (often foll by up, or when intr, by on or over) to stumble or cause to stumble
- to make or cause to make a mistake or blunder
- (tr often foll by up) to trap or catch in a mistake
- (intr) to go on a short tour or journey
- (intr) to move or tread lightly
- (intr) informal to experience the effects of LSD or any other hallucinogenic drug
- to activate (a mechanical trip)
- trip a switchto switch electric power off by moving the switch armature to disconnect the supply
Word Origin and History for trip the light fantastic
late 14c. (implied in tripper), "tread or step lightly, skip, caper," from Old French tripper "strike with the feet" (12c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch trippen "to skip, trip, hop," Low German trippeln, Frisian tripje, Dutch trappen, Old English treppan "to tread, trample") related to trap.
The sense of "strike with the foot and cause to stumble" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "to release" (a catch, lever, etc.) is recorded from 1897; trip-wire is attested from 1916. Related: Tripped; tripping.
"act or action of tripping," 1650s, from trip (v.); sense of "a short journey or voyage" is from 1690s, originally a nautical term, the connection is uncertain. The meaning "psychedelic drug experience" is first recorded 1959 as a noun; the verb in this sense is from 1966, from the noun.
Idioms and Phrases with trip the light fantastic
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).
In addition to the idioms beginning with trip
- triple threat
- trip the light fantastic
- trip up
- bad trip
- ego trip
- round trip