lay/put a guilt trip on

Definition of lay/put a guilt trip on

informal
:to try to make (someone) feel bad or sorry
  • The speaker laid/put a big guilt trip on us by describing in detail how much waste the average American generates.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

guilt play
  1. : the fact of having committed a breach of conduct especially violating law and involving a penalty

  2. : the state of one who has committed an offense especially consciously

  3. : feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy : self-reproach

trip play
  1. : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble

  2. : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)

  3. : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps

  1. : voyage, journey

  2. : a single round or tour on a business errand

  3. : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)


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