trip the light fantastic


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trip

 (trĭp)
n.
1. A going from one place to another; a journey.
2. A stumble or fall.
3. A maneuver causing someone to stumble or fall.
4. A mistake.
5. Slang
a. A hallucinatory experience induced by a psychedelic drug: an acid trip.
b. An intense, stimulating, or exciting experience: a power trip.
6. Slang
a. A usually temporary but absorbing interest or preoccupation: He's on another health food trip.
b. A certain way of life or situation: "deny that his reclusiveness is some sort of deliberate star trip" (Patricia Bosworth).
7. A light or nimble tread.
8.
a. A device, such as a pawl, for triggering a mechanism.
b. The action of such a device.
v. tripped, trip·ping, trips
v.intr.
1. To stumble.
2. To move nimbly with light rapid steps; skip.
3. To be released, as a tooth on an escapement wheel in a watch.
4. To make a trip.
5. To make a mistake: tripped up on the last question.
6. Slang To have a drug-induced hallucination.
v.tr.
1. To cause to stumble or fall.
2. To trap or catch in an error or inconsistency.
3. To release (a catch, trigger, or switch), thereby setting something in operation.
4. Nautical
a. To raise (an anchor) from the bottom.
b. To tip or turn (a yardarm) into a position for lowering.
c. To lift (an upper mast) in order to remove the fid before lowering.
Idiom:
trip the light fantastic
To dance.

[Middle English, act of tripping, from trippen, to trip, from Old French tripper, to stamp the foot, of Germanic origin.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.trip the light fantastic - move in a patterntrip the light fantastic - move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
jive - dance to jive music; dance the jive
hoof - dance in a professional capacity
clog - dance a clog dance
tap dance - perform a tap dance
belly dance - perform a belly dance
heel - perform with the heels; "heel that dance"
shimmy - dance a shimmy
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
dance - move in a graceful and rhythmical way; "The young girl danced into the room"
bebop, bop - dance the bebop
bump - dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward; "bump and grind"
twist - do the twist
waltz, waltz around - dance a waltz
tapdance, tap - dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes; "Glover tapdances better than anybody"
tango - dance a tango
shag - dance the shag
foxtrot - dance the foxtrot
break dance, break-dance, break - do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
cakewalk - perform the cakewalk dance
conga - dance the conga
samba - dance the samba
two-step - dance the two-step
Charleston - dance the Charleston
boogie - dance to boogie music
cha-cha - dance the cha-cha
disco - dance to disco music
mambo - dance a mambo
polka - dance a polka
one-step - dance the one-step
rhumba, rumba - dance the rhumba
mosh, slam dance, thrash, slam - dance the slam dance
jig - dance a quick dance with leaping and kicking motions
jitterbug - do the jitterbug
folk dance - perform a folk-dance
square dance - dance in formation
quickstep - perform a quickstep
kick - kick a leg up
skank - dance the skank
grind - dance by rotating the pelvis in an erotically suggestive way, often while in contact with one's partner such that the dancers' legs are interlaced
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