- 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.
- 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.
verb (used without object), tripped, trip·ping.
verb (used with object), tripped, trip·ping.
- 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.
Origin of trip1
SYNONYMS FOR trip
Related formsun·tripped, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for trip the light fantastic
- any catch on a mechanism that acts as a switch
- (as modifier)trip button
verb trips, tripping or tripped
- to activate (a mechanical trip)
- trip a switch to switch electric power off by moving the switch armature to disconnect the supply
Derived Formstrippingly, adverb
Word Origin for trip
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)
In addition to the idioms beginning with trip
- triple threat
- trip the light fantastic
- trip up
- bad trip
- ego trip
- round trip