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Trip, vb. 1) intr. a) to walk or run with quick, short and light steps; used of women: “t. and go, my sweet,” LLL IV, 2, 144. “t. Audrey,” As V, 1, 68. “t. no further, pretty sweeting,” Tw. II, 3, 43. “your own ladies . . . come --ing after drums,” John V, 2, 155. of nymphs, fairies, and the like: “like a fairy t. upon the green,” Ven. 146. “many nymphs came --ing by,” Sonn. 154, 4. “--ing on his toe,” Tp. IV, 46. “t., t., fairies,” Wiv. V, 4, 1. Wiv. V, 4, 1 “as you t., still pinch him,” V, 5, 96. “t. we after the night's shade,” Mids. IV, 1, 101. “t. away, make no stay,” V, 428 (cf. Night-tripping). Used of dancing: “the triplex is a good --ing measure,” Tw. V, 41. “all the Greekish girls shall --ing sing,” Troil. III, 3, 211. “excellent in making ladies t.” Per. II, 3, 103. cf. Wiv. V, 5, 96.
b) to stumble, to fall, to offend: “you have --ed since,” Wint. I, 2, 76.
2) trans. to supplant, to cause to fall by striking the feet suddenly from under the person: “the earth, in love with thee, thy footing --s,” Ven. 722. “then t. him, that his heels may kick at heaven,” Hml. III, 3, 93. Lr. I, 4, 95. II, 2, 126. “to t. up a person's heels:” As III, 2, 224. Lr. II, 2, 32.
Metaphorically: “to t. the course of law,” H4B V, 2, 87. “these her women can t. me, if I err,” Cymb. V, 5, 35 (refute me, give me the lie).
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