guilt-trip


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guilt-trip

(gĭlt′trĭp′)
tr.v. guilt-tripped, guilt-trip·ping, guilt-trips Informal
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]
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