Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: triper


2 verb
trip2 past tense and past participle tripped, present participle tripping


also trip up [intransitive] to hit something with your foot by accident so that you fall or almost fall [= stumble]:
trip over
Clary tripped over a cable and broke his foot.
trip on
He tripped on the bottom step.

make somebody fall

also trip up [transitive] to make someone fall by putting your foot in front of them when they are moving:
Baggio was tripped inside the penalty area.

switch on

[transitive] to switch on a piece of electrical equipment by accident:
An intruder had tripped the alarm.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] literary to walk, run, or dance with quick light steps:
a little girl tripping down the lane

trip off the tongue

to be easy to say or pronounce:
Monofluorophosphate! It doesn't exactly trip off the tongue, does it?


also trip out [intransitive] informalMDD to experience the mental effects of a drug such as LSD:
They must have been tripping.

trip the light fantastic

to dance - used humorously

trip up

phrasal verb
1 to make a mistake, or to force someone to make a mistake by tricking them:
On his latest album, Kowalski trips up attempting more modern songs.
trip somebody ↔ up
an attempt to trip up the Prime Minister on policy issues
2 to hit something with your foot so that you fall, or to make someone do this
trip somebody ↔ up
He chased the thief, tripped him up, and grabbed the camera.

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