trip up

phrasal verb

tripped up; tripping up; trips up
: to cause (someone) to make a mistake
He tried to trip up the cashier as she counted his change.

Examples of trip up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the more memorable and heartbreaking moments on this track came eight years ago in the same event, when Alysia Montano, looking to return to the Olympics, got tripped up in the homestretch and stayed down on the track crying. Eddie Pells, Baltimore Sun, 25 June 2024 On top of that, domestic politics in the United States and the gap between Washington’s and Kyiv’s legitimate but distinct interests could trip up a cease-fire. Carter Malkasian, Foreign Affairs, 20 June 2023 On Friday morning, cars parked along the street outside Hunt-Scott’s Los Gatos home, while vans full of guests made trips up the winding hillside roads. Caelyn Pender, The Mercury News, 14 June 2024 Teams had to drive stick shift, which usually trips up contestants. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for trip up 

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“Trip up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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