[syn: stumble, slip up, trip up]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trip \Trip\, v. t.
1. To cause to stumble, or take a false step; to cause to
lose the footing, by striking the feet from under; to
cause to fall; to throw off the balance; to supplant; --
often followed by up; as, to trip up a man in wrestling.
The words of Hobbes's defense trip up the heels of
his cause. --Abp.
2. (Fig.): To overthrow by depriving of support; to put an
obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail.
To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword.
3. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict; also called
trip up. [R.]
These her women can trip me if I err. --Shak.
(a) To raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or
buoy rope, so that it hangs free.
(b) To pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for
5. (Mach.) To release, let fall, or set free, as a weight or
compressed spring, as by removing a latch or detent; to
activate by moving a release mechanism, often
unintentionally; as, to trip an alarm.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the
senator" [syn: trip up, catch]
2: cause to stumble; "The questions on the test tripped him up"
[syn: trip, trip up]
3: make an error; "She slipped up and revealed the name" [syn:
stumble, slip up, trip up]