Definition of trip in English:
verb (trips, tripping, tripped)
- Marcy stumbled backwards and tripped over her own foot, falling on her bottom with a thud and nearly toppling over the edge of the rock again.
- But because of my precarious balance I stumbled back, tripped over my own feet and landed on someone's lap.
- Completely taken by surprise, Vincent tripped over the foot and stumbled, falling headlong for the floor.
- Though this was kind of a good thing, meaning that she wouldn't be falling over and tripping the other people that were also in the car.
- Well anyway, Mandy and I were both running after the ball, and I guess I tripped her or she fell on her own, but she went down.
- He laughed at every fall, and tripped him when he tried to get up.
- The only time the film trips up is in casting the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly as an Irishman, his grating Scots accent unsuccessfully modulated to try and make it resemble an Irish brogue.
- And although Heroin trips up on its own determined sleaziness, the album as a whole is a not-unappealing blend of suspenders, silliness and Siouxsie Sioux.
- But he trips up with his attacks on the sex lives of people.
- His prospects of victory were not helped when bosses decided on Monday that the vote would take the form of a secret ballot, allowing his rivals a chance to trip him up without being caught red-handed.
- Initially careful not to catch himself out, or say something that might subsequently trip him up, the Biarritz-based Scot pauses for a second.
- This could be a year where a lack of diplomacy trips him up, however, especially with Mercury's retrograde motions, when the slightest slip of the tongue can cause legal wrangling.
- For the whole day, I ate small bits of food, skipped, tripped, danced and pranced to my next destination, Penepia.
- Kim bounded up the steps first, tripping into the hall.
- Kari restrained herself from running to the counter, and compromised by walk/hopping and tripping.
- Competitiveness is not a word that trips off the tongue lightly but that's no excuse for the government to all but ignore this vital factor in our economic success.
- I don't use the word ‘ranger’: that is an American word tripping off people's tongues.
- The slogan trips off the tongue as easily as it did in 1971 when it was first yodelled by Jimmy Savile in a British public information film encouraging viewers to fasten their safety belts.
- The lift reached the ground floor safely, but the extra weight tripped a brake and cut the power supply.
- If a single atom of the substance decays, it will activate a relay mechanism which trips a hammer.
- When the stop switch is tripped, floor-mounted clamps lock down the pins on the body shell.
- If the equipment is wired incorrectly, operators using a device with a single-pole circuit breaker are at risk of electric shock when it trips.
- In another place, an overloaded circuit breaker tripped, plunging a corridor into sudden darkness.
- In case of an overload or a short on that circuit, the breaker trips and automatically shuts off power to that circuit.
- During the hustle of everyone getting underway someone tripped the anchor that we used to stabilize our dinghy.
- The whole of us then commenced heaving the brig short, sending the whale-boat to take her in tow, after we had tripped the anchor.
- The weight of the chain keeps the pull on the anchor parallel to the bottom, which keeps the forces of wind and tide from tripping the anchor.
- For running in high seas we put a large square sail forward, tripping the yard along the foremast, much like a spinnaker boom.
- Should the ship be rolling heavily, care is to be taken that a turn or two of the parrel-lashing be kept fast till perfectly ready for tripping the yard.
- When this is hauled on, it trips the yard and unrigs the lower yard arm.
- She thinks little of seeking vengeance for wrongs, tripping out on magic mushrooms and, in an especially lovely moment of controlled atmosphere, engaging in a spot of Ouija board shenanigans.
- A friend and I were tripping on an unspecified drug, laughing our heads off, and channel surfing.
- Well to make a long story short she was killed by a drug addict who was tripping on acid.
- If he thinks another team wants him to start, he is trippin'.
- My son was trippin' when his phone wouldn't turn back on.
- I need to stop trippin'; there are no wrong answers, just better choices.
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- She had the pleasure of taking several trips to Mexico to visit family members.
- A pleasure trip or an outing rejuvenates your energy and relationships today.
- It also has a splendid harbour full of boats offering fishing trips, pleasure cruises and diving excursions.
- More than 10% of head injuries requiring hospitalisation amongst children come from simple trips and falls when just running around.
- Other topics on the agenda are reducing slips, trips and falls and back injury, preventing at-work road accidents and managing asbestos in buildings.
- The majority of genuine damages claims were for slips, trips and falls.
- It was a nice article about Walter's hallucinations and drug trips.
- I've seen the mandalas and lights and patterns of delirium and drug trips, watched the shamans in their trances during field research.
- Much as he liked his acid trips, cocaine was not his thing.
- Watching their family dynamic the past few years has been quite a trip.
- Well, it's been quite a trip so far, and I am about to start my fifth year of this stuff, and I've had enough.
- It's been quite a trip, this three day event.
- A manager on an ego trip will see a forceful employee as an opportunity to wield her power and influence.
- We are, in every sense, ‘just wasting time’ going on an ego trip instead of trying to just love the person, which would lead to our own happiness.
- All I can say is the city is on a power trip and they need to come down to earth and see the simpler stuff in life.
- The generation of a trip signal is withheld when the rate of rise is greater than the limit value.
- Remove fuse or trip circuit breaker to off for the room or outlet you are replacing.
- Power is supplied continuously to the trip unit during motor overload or short circuit conditions.
The early Dutch word trippen ‘to skip, hop’ is the source of trip. The English word was initially used to describe not only stumbling by catching your foot on something, but also dancing and nimble movement. The noun meant ‘a light lively movement’ before it became ‘a short journey’, originally a sailor's term for a short sea journey. The sense ‘hallucinatory experience caused by taking a drug’ was first recorded in the late 1950s. See also fantastic
trip the light fantastic
- humorous Dance, in particular engage in ballroom dancing.[from “Trip it as you go / On the light fantastic toe” (Milton's L'Allegro)]Example sentences
- They enjoyed a four-course dinner, charity auction and a dance band so they could trip the light fantastic.
- They are great fans of this style of dancing and trip the light fantastic each Thursday night to keep in practice.
- She tap-dances and trips the light fantastic in a couple of big-production numbers, wearing a Gloria Swanson-style wig and fabulous frocks.
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