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guilt trip Line breaks: guilt trip

Definition of guilt trip in English:


An experience of feeling guilty about something, especially when such guilt is self-indulgent or unjustified.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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(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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