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.
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 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.).
to tread or dance lightly upon (the ground, floor, etc.).
Archaic. to perform with a light or tripping step, as a dance.
Idioms about trip
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.
- un·tripped, adjective
Other definitions for trip (2 of 2)
a group of animals, as sheep, goats, or fowl; flock.
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How to use trip in a sentence
As a precaution, we all got tested just before the trip and many of us again after returning home, with no covid detected.On mountain bikes in the Utah desert, a college reunion like no other | John Briley | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Keravuori has lived in Europe, the United States and the Middle East, so the references to road trips suggest autobiography.In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA | Mark Jenkins | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Now, if you travel to another state, you are required to quarantine at your home upon returning, until you can get a negative coronavirus test, generally three to five days after your trip.D.C.’s coronavirus numbers are rising. Here’s what you need to know. | Julie Zauzmer | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The length of the average trip rose from about 11 minutes to 18 minutes amid the pandemic, Voi says.E-scooters are getting computer vision to curb pedestrian collisions | Dalvin Brown | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
To finance the trip, his parents had taken out a bank loan, using their house as collateral.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories | by Melissa Sanchez | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
Walking his normal mail route, Cheval tripped over a stone in the ground.
The big danger then is getting tripped or knocked down by other runners.
So what if it finally stuck out its ugly foot and tripped him at age 71?Lou Reed Lives! Why the Man With the Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart Isn’t Dead | Elizabeth Wurtzel | October 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
My wife tripped and fell the other day trying to avoid some photographer, and he shot her and laughed at her.Alec Baldwin Uncensored: On His HBO Doc, Bloomberg, Polanski, and The New York Times | Marlow Stern | October 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I really hate those 1990s interventions where you just tripped over stuff, which was like an ego-trip.The Writer and the Potter: Edmund De Waal on his New York Debut | Iain Millar | September 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The governor attacked him, and on the way down stabbed him in the neck, with such force that he tripped and fell down.
Wilkins got such a start that he tripped over one of the thwarts in trying to take aim, and nearly upset the boat.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
He was within fifteen yards of the scene of the crime when he tripped over one leg of his tripod and fell flat on his face.
Without another word she left him, and where he stood he could hear her steps as she tripped down the winding staircase of stone.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Jessie felt just a little bewildered as great, familiar names tripped off the tongue of her companion.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for trip
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 switch to switch electric power off by moving the switch armature to disconnect the supply
- See also trip out
- trippingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with trip
In addition to the idioms beginning with trip
- triple threat
- trip the light fantastic
- trip up
- bad trip
- ego trip
- round trip
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