Definition of guilt trip in English:

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guilt trip


An experience of feeling guilty about something, especially when such guilt is excessive, self-indulgent, or unfounded: let’s skip the guilt trip and talk real, rational reasons
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  • Being reminded you haven't gone to church for a decade and a half is usually the start of an impressive guilt trip.
  • Scientists from the African diaspora aren't going to be hit over a head with a guilt trip but they can expect more offers of round-trip plane tickets and accommodation to pass on their knowledge back home at conferences and workshops.
  • The ones from his mother were as he expected, a guilt trip and gossip fest that he just skimmed through quickly.


(guilt-trip) [with object]
Make (someone) feel guilty, especially in order to induce them to do something: a pay increase will not guilt-trip them into improvements
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  • We have promised to go round and help Horace with his furniture winnowing before B's mum comes back from holiday and guilt-trips him in to keeping everything.
  • They've been guilt-tripping me into sampling other coffees from locally-owned businesses, but nothing can match the taste of the coffee I've now grown to love.
  • He also emailed me to thank me for the link (which guilt-tripped me into this post), so he's a nice guy too.

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