guilt trip

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guilt trip

n. Informal
A usually prolonged feeling of guilt or culpability.
Idiom:
lay a guilt trip on
To make or try to make (someone) feel guilty.

guilt′ trip`


n.
Informal. a feeling of guilt or responsibility, esp. one not justified by reality.
[1970–75]

guilt′-trip`


v.t. -tripped, -trip•ping.
Informal. to attempt to instill a guilt trip in; play upon the guilt feelings of.
[1975–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guilt trip - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
compunction, remorse, self-reproach - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
survivor guilt - a deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived some catastrophe that took the lives of many others; derives in part from a feeling that they did not do enough to save the others who perished and in part from feelings of being unworthy relative to those who died; "survivor guilt was first noted in those who survived the Holocaust"
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You're going to have to look at that over dinner," he shamelessly guilt-trips one dad who threatens to wreck his teenage daughter's Mini-owning dreams with an offer that's just PS400 short.
Guilt-trips aside, dough-faced Dave was clearly not in a good way.
guilt-trips the shop's employees into disposing of a body he hit while driving drunk (so maybe you couldn't, but the gags veer in that direction anyway).