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English definition of “trip (sb) up”

trip (sb) up

verb uk phrasal verb with trip   /trɪp/ (-pp-) us  

(FALL)

to fall because you hit your foot on something, or to make someone fall by putting your foot in front of the other person's foot: I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to trip you up. She tripped up on the rug.

(FAIL)

informal to make a mistake, or to cause someone to make a mistake: The exam went quite well, except at the end when I tripped up on the final question. At the interview, they were trying to trip me up all the way through.
(Definition of trip (sb) up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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