Meaning of TRIP in English


/ trɪp; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


a journey to a place and back again, especially a short one for pleasure or a particular purpose :

Did you have a good trip?

We went on a trip to the mountains.

a day trip (= lasting a day)

a boat / coach trip

a business / school / shopping trip

They took a trip down the river.

We had to make several trips to bring all the equipment over.

—see also ego trip , field trip , round trip


( slang ) the experience that sb has if they take a powerful drug that affects the mind and makes them imagine things :

an acid (= LSD) trip


an act of falling or nearly falling down, because you hit your foot against sth


see guilt

■ verb ( -pp- )


[ v , often + adv. / prep. ] trip (over / up) | trip (over / on sth) to catch your foot on sth and fall or almost fall :

She tripped and fell.

Someone will trip over that cable.

Be careful you don't trip up on the step.

( figurative )


[ vn ] ( BrE also trip sb up ) to catch sb's foot and make them fall or almost fall :

As I passed, he stuck out a leg and tried to trip me up.


[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( literary ) to walk, run or dance with quick light steps :

She said goodbye and tripped off along the road.

( figurative )


[ vn ] to release a switch, etc. or to operate sth by doing so :

to trip a switch

Any intruders will trip the alarm.


[ v ] ( informal ) to be under the influence of a drug that makes you hallucinate


see memory lane , tongue noun


- trip up | trip sb up




journey ♦ tour ♦ expedition ♦ excursion ♦ outing ♦ day out

These are all words for an act of travelling to a place.


an act of travelling from one place to another, and usually back again:

a business trip

a five-minute trip by taxi


an act of travelling from one place to another, especially when they are a long way apart:

a long and difficult journey across the mountains

trip or journey?

Trip , not journey , is the most basic word in this group. It is more frequent than journey and used in a wider range of contexts. A trip usually involves you going to a place and back again; a journey is usually one-way. A trip is often shorter than a journey , although it does not have to be:

a trip to New York

a round-the-world trip

. It is often short in time, even if it is long in distance. Journey is more often used when the travelling takes a long time and is difficult. In North American English journey is not used for short trips: ( BrE )

What is your journey to work like?


a journey made for pleasure during which several different places are visited:

a tour of Bavaria


an organized journey with a particular purpose, especially to find out about a place that is not well known:

the first expedition to the South Pole


a short trip made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people:

We went on an all-day excursion to the island.


a short trip made for pleasure or education, usually with a group of people and lasting no more than a day:

The children were on a day's outing from school.

day out

a trip to somewhere for a day, especially for pleasure:

We had a day out at the beach.


to go on a(n) trip / journey / tour / expedition / excursion / outing / day out

to set out / off on a(n) trip / journey / tour / expedition / excursion

to make a(n) trip / journey / tour / expedition / excursion

to be away on a(n) trip / journey / tour / expedition

the outward / return / homeward trip / journey

a(n) foreign / overseas / round-the-world trip / journey / tour / expedition

a bus / coach trip / journey / tour / excursion

a train / rail trip / journey / tour / excursion



Middle English : from Old French triper , from Middle Dutch trippen to skip, hop.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.