Green’s Dictionary of Slang

tripe n.1

also tripes, tripe box
[SE mid-15C–mid-18C]

1. [mid-18C+] the guts, the intestines, the stomach; thus double tripe n.1

2. in fig. use, the essence, ‘the guts’; thus one’s body, oneself.

In compounds

tripe-hound (n.) [SE tripe/tripe n.2 + -hound sfx]

1. [late 19C+] an unpleasant or contemptible person.

2. [20C+] (Aus./N.Z.) a dog, esp. a sheepdog.

3. [1900s-20s] a newspaper reporter or an informant.

tripe-shop (n.)

[early 19C] the stomach.

tripe-wrap (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a newspaper.

In phrases

don’t bust your tripe(s)

[1980s+] (N.Z.) don’t get over-excited; don’t overdo things.

have someone by the tripes (v.)

[1900s] to have someone at a disadvantage.

tripe and trillibub (n.) (also tripes and trullibubs) [SE tripes and trillibubs, animal intestines]

[17C–early 19C] a nickname for a fat person.