trip up
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. [1913 Webster]

The words of Hobbes's defense trip up the heels of his cause. --Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster]

2. (Fig.): To overthrow by depriving of support; to put an obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail. [1913 Webster]

To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict; also called {trip up}. [R.] [1913 Webster]

These her women can trip me if I err. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) (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 lowering it. [1913 Webster]

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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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