Green’s Dictionary of Slang

trip n.4

1. in the context of hallucinogenic or other drugs.

(a) the experience that follows the ingestion of LSD or another hallucinogenic, or occas. narcotic.

[US] C.J. Daly ‘Lurking Shadows’ Triple-X Mag. May 🌐 ‘You and me are going to [...] take long trips about the whole world, and take them without leaving here.’ [...] There is a certain pleasure in bringing new victims under the curse of the drug [i.e. opium].
[US](con. 1958) R. Farina Been Down So Long (1972) 111: M is for the Methedrine you gave me, / O is for the Opium we knew [...] T is for the Trip to Coney Island / H is for a Heroin Ragout.
[UK]Oz 3 7/2: Trip is the word for an LSD experience, but in [Ken] Kesey’s lexicon it also meant kicks.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 221: I mean, like I’ve been making some heavy trips, and, well, balling has gotten to be, you know, like kind of . . . ‘irrelevant.’.
[US] Village Voice (N.Y.) 22 June n.p.: Solicitous merchants selling glassine packets containing a ‘trip for your dollar that will make you holler.’.
[UK] in R. Graef Living Dangerously 95: [of inhalants] We’d take a lot of trips when we were about fifteen or sixteen.
[UK]Guardian Media 2 Aug. 3: The Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, which describes a ‘trip’, gave LSD world-wide recognition.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 21 Apr. 9: Leary blew it by dropping two Sunshine tabs on Sprague, who had a bad trip.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 193/2: trip n. 1 LSD; an LSD tab.
[UK]K. Richards Life 204: There’s not much you can really say about acid except God, what a trip!

(b) a dose of a hallucinogenic drug, usu. LSD.

[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970).
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 11: Like most people I knew, I had been smoking marijuana and dropping the odd trip for years.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 131: My first thought is that she’s dropped a trip, or somebody’s spiked her.
[UK]J. King White Trash 71: St Peter at the bar selling whizz, trips, charlie, E.
[Ire]L. McInerney Rules of Revelation 39: ‘It might be nice to have some chemicals. Yokes. Or trips, even’.

(c) any form of drug experience.

implied in on a trip
[UK]‘Hassan-i-Sabbah’ Leaves of Grass 30: Bad trips on Hashish & Marijuana are rare.
[US] Village Voice (N.Y.) 12 Feb. n.p.: The 60’s were a mind trip.
[US]Africa News Service 29 Nov. 🌐 Cocaine is such a powerful stimulant that most addicts use a narcotic drug to make it easier to end the drug trip.

2. in fig./ext. uses of sense 1.

(a) any form of experience, event, lifestyle or attitude.

[[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 26: Stick was on a private trip [...] on the infinite screen of his inner eyes another reality had formed].
[US]T. Wolfe Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 62: We used to be equals. Now it’s Kesey’s trip.
[US]T. Southern Blue Movie (1974) 148: Who wants to fuck a chick with no tits? It must be a fag-trip, right?
[US]Jackson & Christian Death Row 209: These people that are on God trips get the TV turned on at nine.
[US]N. McCall Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 273: Dwight seemed wholly unable to relate to the fatherhood trip.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 4 Mar. 4: I kicked that trip when I was 10.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 313: ‘They’re not on a religious trip. They’re western’.

(b) a challenging, surprising or otherwise out of the ordinary experience; often as it’s a trip.

[UK]Oz 8 2: Aren’t the Doors a trip [...] Formantera was a real trip, man.
[US]D. Di Prima Memoirs of a Beatnik 26: ‘Your hair is beautiful [...] and yet when it goes away, I look across the pillow and see a beautiful young boy.’ A trip. My old longing to be a pirate, tall and slim and hard, and not a girl at all.
[US]C. McFadden Serial 76: You ever lose a mature ficus benjamina that you’d raised from a six-inch pot? [...] It’s a trip.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 21: Tellin you ’bout dis and dat [...] all kinda thangs. It’s a trip.
[US]Dr Dre ‘Bitch Ass Niggaz’ 🎵 Check it out Dogg; this game is a motherfuckin trip man.
[UK]Sun. Times Mag. 6 Feb. 23: Seriously, man, I get a semi-wood doing this. It’s the ultimate trip.
[US]C. Stella Rough Riders 194: Life’s a trip sometimes. Spend the morning in Antarctic weather and the evening wearing shorts .

(c) anything considered simple.

[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 123: It’s a trip, man. [...] You can find damn anyone you want real easy.

(d) (US campus) an odd, eccentric person; a funny person.

[US]Current Sl. V:1 21: Trip [...] Dick Gregory was really a trip.
[US]R. Woodley Dealer 129: ‘He can’t stand it when somebody else has got something he doesn’t have. Like some cat will have a long Afro, and Jimmy will wish his own would grow faster. [...] . He’s a trip’.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 7: trip – someone or something that is out of the ordinary.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 196: trip a person who’s funny or weird.
B. Obama Dreams from my Father (2008) 102: ‘Tims a trip ain’t he,’ I said, shaking my head.
[US]K. Huff A Steady Rain I i: But this Rhonda . . . what a trip.
[US]J. Hannaham Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit 144: ‘Grandma, you a trip. I'm gonna drive the Access-A-Ride van’.

(e) an argument, a lecture, a story.

[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 82: She lays the trip on him about how she’s been married once and doesn’t think she can have children.

(f) (US campus) a cheering, pleasing event.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 1: It would really be a trip if I passed physics.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Fall 7: trip – unusually stimulating or exciting: The Richard Pryor show was a trip.
[US]Eble Sl. and Sociability 66: A: ‘That was the best movie I ever saw.’ B: ‘Yeah, it was a trip.’.

In derivatives

tripper (n.)

see separate entry.

In compounds

In phrases

businessman’s trip (n.) (also businessman’s lunchtime high, businessman’s special) [unlike the eight-hour duration of a ‘normal’ LSD trip, sense 1a above, this vastly intensified experience lasts only a few minutes, leaving the user free to get on with other things]

(drugs) dimethyltryptamine.

[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 55: businessman’s lunchtime high (drug) [so called because its effects last only thirty minutes] dmt.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US] book review in AS LVII:4 289: DMT [...] [a] short-acting hallucinogenic drug, it has the rather intriguing name of businessman’s psychedelic martini.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Businessman’s LSD — Dimethyltryptamine; Businessman’s special — Dimethyltryptamine; Businessman’s trip — Dimethyltryptamine.
Cam trip (n.) [Cam n.]

(drugs) a very potent, almost hallucinogenic variety of marijuana.

[US] ‘420 Dict.’ at 420TIMES.COM 🌐 Cam Trip – high potency cannabis.
death trip (n.)

a fantasy about death, often stimulated by (hallucinogenic) drugs; also as adj.

J. Walker ‘Rev. of the Biography of Nick Cave’ in Addicted to Noise 🌐 Cave and company respond with some of the grimiest, most cacophonous rock and roll ever recorded, from the all-time scaghead death-trip classic Junkyard.
[UK]Guardian 10 Aug. 🌐 Manson was the worm in the hippie apple. His was the death-trip – the brown acid.
freak trip (n.)

(US drugs) an unpleasant experience following the taking of LSD.

US Congress Senate Committee on the Judiciary Debate on The Narcotic Rehabilitation Act 356: ‘Freak trip,’ in their jargon [...] a bad trip, a bad experience.
natch trips (n.) [abbr. SE natural ]

(drugs) a variety of quasi-drug experiences gained from smoking such natural substances as nutmeg, banana, mace, etc.

[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 190: natch trips [...] highs produced by natural substances such as nutmeg, banana pulp, mace, cinnamon, green peppers, wild rice, or peanut skins. Smoking or drinking in hot water are the preferred modes of consumption. These substances are usually of low or dubious psychopotency.
on an ay yo trip (adj.) [the cry of Ay! Yo!]

(W.I./UK black teen) used of one who is forever demanding attention, making themselves conspicuous.

Urban Dict. 🌐 ay yo trip Phrase to seek attention, compare ‘Check this out.’ ayo yo trip look at this.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

take a trip to the West Indies (v.)

(UK Und.) of a suspect criminal, to leave a town or place to avoid arrest.

[Scot]Life and Trial of James Mackcoull 17: He at length confined his operations to London, and seldom left it, except when he took a trip to the West Indies, or, in other words, was forced to keep out of the way.