noun• informal , chiefly • derogatory
- A Trotskyist or supporter of extreme left-wing views: a band of subversive Trots he declared that the Corporation was a ‘nest of long-haired Trots’More example sentences
- It admits that a third of its executive committee are Trots, and there does seem to be a hardline Bolshevik edge to the organisation's campaigning.
- In Marxist terms, the Trots have preferred feudal theocracy to bourgeois democracy which - in non-Marxist terms - is disgraceful and stupid, as a few members of the far Left are starting to realise.
- The days of Trots taking over constituency Labour parties did Labour no good.
verb (trots, trotting, trotted)
- 1(With reference to a horse or other quadruped) proceed or cause to proceed at a pace faster than a walk, lifting each diagonal pair of legs alternately: [no object]: the horses trotted slowly through the night [with object]: he trotted his horse forwardMore example sentences
- I thought about paying to ride one of the horses, and slowly trotting down the road, until I was out of the sight of the zoo's curator, and then galloping away.
- By changing the relationship of these lines of influence, we can ask the horse to walk, trot, stop, back or turn and to do those things in a particular direction at a particular speed.
- We moved off, and I walked, trotted, and cantered on a horse I had only dreamed about owning.
- 2 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a person) run at a moderate pace with short steps: the child trotted across to her obedientlyMore example sentences
- The tall, thin volleyball player trotted quickly up the steps toward another endless hallway of oblivious dark.
- Steven trotted up the steps to his home, clutching a bouquet of wild flowers in his hand.
- Students trot on and off campus completely oblivious to the huge potential for campus life that lies just beneath their noses.
- 2.1 • informal Go or walk briskly: I may trot round to Portobello market for vegetablesMore example sentences
- Lady hesitated for a moment, watching the two in front of her with an inquisitive look before trotting off briskly to catch up.
- She trotted briskly into the ring and saluted the judge and then she started.
- Her face became even more troubled, and she trotted off briskly towards their monument.
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- 1A trotting pace: our horses slowed to a trotMore example sentences
- As Charcoal neared the edge of the woods, Mark leaned forward in the saddle, making her change her pace from a trot to a full-fledged gallop.
- Kat walked Jazz for several minutes before increasing his pace to a trot.
- Grant looked back behind their Jeep and saw Arian keeping pace at a mere trot.
- 1.1An act or period of trotting: you might like an early morning trot round the crew deckMore example sentences
- The day starts with the early morning trots and gallops.
- We've now been assured by the owner that the horse is safe and secure and won't be making any more midnight trots out alone.
- Although Danielle tries not to play favorites, Twig definitely is her first choice for a nice early morning trot or a late summer's evening ride.
- 1.2 (the trots) Australian /NZ • informal Trotting races: she was taking me to the trotsMore example sentences
- They would rail about people who went to the trots or to the races and spent their pay packets on the horses.
- And as soon as the last race finishes, Sky switches to the trots and dogs.
- If ever there was an industry in desperate need of rationalisation, it's the racing industry, from horses, to dogs and the trots.
- 2 (the trots) • informal Diarrhoea.More example sentences
- 'While living in Papua New Guinea as a child, my father and I got a bad case of the trots.’
- Rehydration salts - Ah, the trots, I know a lot of people who never leave home without them, so a couple of these sachets tucked away won't come in wrong.
- Where I come from, ‘trots’ has always been slang for diarrhea, i.e. ‘I had a terrible case of the trots this morning after all those pints last night.’
- 3 [with adjective] Australian /NZ • informal A period of luck of a specified kind: Simpson believes his bad trot is about to endMore example sentences
- Well it was a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, which I put into my wallet very early on in my career after a particularly bad trot.
- The only thing that motivates this Minister is when he gets three bad trots on the TV show night after night.
- I think it helped that I played first-class cricket, it helps you to know what the players are thinking and going through if they are having a bad trot.
on the trot • informal
- 1British In succession: they lost seven matches on the trotMore example sentences
- We can't get too greedy, we've gone six games undefeated, seven on the trot with the cup matches.
- The Villagers trailed 12-8 at half-time but turned it round superbly after the break in what was their fourth away match on the trot.
- I think he also won four big Open matches on the trot once.
- 2Continually busy: I’ve been on the trot all dayMore example sentences
- We again went on the trot all day trying to see everything.
- He saw the tension on my face but he had no idea that I had been on the trot all morning.
trot something out
- • informal Provide an explanation or piece of information that has already been used many times before: everyone trots out the old excuseMore example sentences
- The old favourites are trotted out: better inter-agency working; more sharing of information; improved record-keeping; more sophisticated risk assessment.
- And even now, just occasionally, someone from the Old School will still trot them out.
- Twenty-one years on and the same old collection of ideas are trotted out from the business lobby.
Middle English: from Old French trot (noun), troter (verb), from medieval Latin trottare, of Germanic origin.