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 obj]: the horses trotted slowly through the night [with object]: he trotted his horse forwardMore example sentences
- Sure enough, after ten minutes or so, hoof beats sounded, and a stately gelding mare trotted into his vision.
- The black stallion trotted away from the house, beckoning her to follow him.
- She watched as the brown stallion trotted into the yard with its two passengers.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a person) run at a moderate pace, typically with short steps.More 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.
- 1.2 [no object] • informal Go or walk briskly: he trotted over to the bonfireMore 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.
on the trot • informal
- 1Continually 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.
- 2British 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.
trot something out
- 1 • informal Produce the same information, story, or explanation that has been produced 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.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
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