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

trot

1 verb
     
trot1 past tense and past participle trotted, present participle trotting
1 [intransitive] if a horse trots, it moves fairly quickly with each front leg moving at the same time as the opposite back leg [↪ canter, gallop]
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a person or animal trots, they run fairly slowly, taking short regular steps:
She came trotting down the steps from the library.
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] informal to walk or go somewhere, especially fairly quickly:
He trotted off and came back a couple of minutes later, holding a parcel.

trot something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to give opinions, excuses, reasons etc that you have used too many times and that do not seem sincere:
Steve trotted out the same old excuses.

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