1. with ref. to drugs.
(a) to be under the influence of a drug, to experience a drug’s effects, usu. hallucinogenic, orig. only of LSD; usu. as adj. tripping; thus tripping n. (1)
|Time 7 Apr. 60: Youthful mind-benders have tripped (or thought they did) on everything from airplane glue to morning-glory seeds, from nutmeg to black tea.|
|Oz 3 4: Tripping and skipping they ran merrily after the wonderful music.|
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 50: Tripping, v. To be under the influence of a drug.|
|Faggots 361: Somebody’s come and put some drugs into my mouth! I’m tripping.|
|Puberty Blues 113: ‘Cheryl’s trippin.’’ ‘Wot on?’ ‘White Light [...] She dropped it on the bus this mornin’.’.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 166: Say, white girl like you probably dig some nice acid [...] You be trippin’ for days!|
|Central Sl. 53: trippin’ To be loaded on illegal drugs [...] ‘Dude took some of that water; he be trippin’.’.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 117: I’d go to some of my classes high, tripping off acid.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 128: Jimmy was really tripping on some good THC.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014.(ed.)|
(b) (drugs) to take LSD.
|Manchester Guardian Weekly 2 May 16: They went to the seedy suburb of Haight Ashbury, the capital of the hippies, to smoke a little (pot), to love a little (sex), to trip a little (LSD).|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 7: tripping – using LSD.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 168: He had tripped plenty of times as an undergraduate.|
(c) (drugs) to take any hallucinogenic drug.
|Faggots 339: ‘You never would trip with me.’ Dinky swallowed two Desnobarbs.|
|Indep. Rev. 19 Feb. 8: McLagan [...] drank and spliffed and tripped.|
|Decent Ride 185: Auld-school medicine men would go n take aw sort ay poisons [...] They’d trip, then spew, n shite like squaddie, and come back purged.|
2. in fig./ext. uses of sense 1.
(a) to play around, to ‘mess about’.
|Mad mag. June 48: Still the Raven went on tripping my old blues till I was flipping.|
|Voices from the Love Generation 9: I was just tripping around – playing, and freaking out, and taking a lot of dope, and entertaining people.|
|Straight Outta Compton title page: A dive into living large, a work where characters trip, talk out the side of their neck and cuss like it was nothing.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] trip v [...] 5. to partake in friendly flirting, which may lead to a more serious relationship. (‘They used to trip but now they’re going out’).|
|Westsiders 61: I got to feed my kids, man [...] I ain’t tripping on that shit.|
(b) to fantasize, to act in an irrational manner.
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 469: She accepts. I’m trippin.|
|(con. 1964–73) Bloods (1985) 2: They thought I was trippin’, this Marine acting crazy, just talking shit.|
|Monster (1994) 157: Man, y’all trippin’.|
|Pimp’s Rap 79: I was tripping. [...] Santa Claus had slid down the chimney.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 15: Y’all be tripping, muthafuckin’ white boys acting like dey going to a punk-ass par-tay! Only party y’all fittin’ to be at, be the par-tay up you white asses.|
|Londonstani (2007) 210: Are you trippin? I tell them that an they’d whup my ass.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] ‘You’re inviting me to the wedding?’ ‘That’s not all. I was wondering if you’d be a bridesmaid.’ Was she completely tripping?|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014.(ed.)|
(c) to daydream.
|On the Yard (2002) 177: ‘I thought you might have fallen asleep with your clothes on.’ ‘I’m just lying here tripping.’.|
(d) to be delighted, to be ecstatic; often as trip for, trip over; thus trip off (of)
|Bad (1995) 13: I sat [...] and watched the mother burn, smokin’ Lucky Stripes, trippin’ hard on what I had done – and grinning.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 7: trip, trip out – to become extremely excited: He was tripping out when Jordan slamdunked the ball at the buzzer.|
|Another Day in Paradise 120: The baddest hotel in the West. You’ll trip when ya see it.|
(e) (US black, also trip off) to lose control, to go mad, to overreact, to get angry.
|‘From Here To New York’ [lyrics] Rappers like me won’t even trip.|
|Sl. U. 196: trip to act inappropriately, react unexpectedly; to act crazy or weird.|
|‘Murder was the Case’ [lyrics] My mind starts trippin, a tear drops my eye.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 241: I’m trippin’, man [...] ’Bout ready to bite down on my tongue. [Ibid.] 262: Why you trippin’, man? You know I didn’t mean nothin’ in there.|
|Source Aug. 144: Loving it. That is, until some fools start trippin’. [Ibid.] 148: We know what we’re doing. We been doing this all our life. So we ain’t trippin’. They just want to see us stressing.|
|(con. 1990s) in One of the Guys 164: ‘One of my homies get killed or something I’ll trip off it’.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 71: Don’t trip, dawg. Skell’s making the pickup right before count.|
|Lush Life 27: ‘What?’ Little Dap starting to trip .|
|in Getting Played 102: ‘Calm down don’t trip off of him, you be steady, he a little boy’.|
|‘Miss America’ [lyrics] Don’t trip, nigga, they just words.|
|Mother Jones July/Aug. [Internet] The inmate says guards turn a blind eye to it [i.e. synthetic marijuana]. They ‘ain’t trippin’ on that shit’.|
(f) to be passionately interested or involved in; thus trip off
|Source Nov. 162: When we first came out we weren’t tripping on no solo albums.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 240: Here’s a fun fact. Did you know people relieve themselves when they die? Sometimes I trip on that.|
|Pain Killers 274: What I was tripping on were the fascinating facts I recalled from the Discovery Channel.|
(g) (US black) to do something beyond the norm, in a positive way.
|Rope Burns 204: Air Jordan be trippin!|
(h) to worry.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] trip v [...] 3. to worry. (‘Don’t trip about it!’).|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 146: Tripping on the righteous indignation this football-player-built idiot is displaying.|
(i) to be surprised.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] trip v [...] 6. to be surprised. (‘Man, I tripped when I saw her walk in.’).|
(j) to suffer.
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 65: Unless the sorry-ass dawg is dead already or maybe trippin’ real bad behind the pain [of being stabbed].|
3. see set trip v.
(US) to turn against, to become emotionally distanced.
|Nam (1982) 221: My wife couldn’t understand. I tripped off on her. I just got turned off with my wife.|
(orig. US) to enjoy.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 258: trip off of Amuse, inform, or otherwise occupy oneself by observing people and things in one’s environment.|
|‘Mind Blowing’ at theStranger.com 23 Mar. [Internet] The new album from U.K. press darlings LO FIDELITY ALLSTARS, How to Operate with a Blown Mind, doesn’t deviate too far from the big beat bill of goods: hard drums, deep bass, looped vocal scrap and bleeping noises to trip off of.|
|Erowid.org 29 Apr. [Internet] When i got off work i decided to go out and get some allergy pills to trip off of since the jimson weed failed at giving me any hallucinations.‘Scared away from drugs’ on ‘Experience Vaults’ on|
|Sellout (2016) 166: When I was young, dumb, and full of cum, my [...] African-American daddy dropped some knowledge on me that i been trippin’ off ever since.|
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SE in slang uses
(US) to go to, to leave.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 2: Let’s trip down to the L.I.Q.|
(US) to arrive, to enter.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 49: Trip in, v. To come in late.|
|Glitter Dome (1982) 41: A sandwich vendor with her hair full of dandelions came tripping in from Hollywood Boulevard.|
(US campus) experiencing the effects of excessive drinking.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 7: tripped up – suffering the effects of drinking too much.|
(US black) to betray a lover, to commit adultery.
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 133: To creep, to burn, [...] and to trip up on someone all connote sexual infidelity.|