1. in the context of hallucinogenic or other drugs.
(a) the experience that follows the ingestion of LSD or another hallucinogenic, or occas. narcotic.
|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].‘Lurking Shadows’|
|(con. 1958) 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.|
|Oz 3 7/2: Trip is the word for an LSD experience, but in [Ken] Kesey’s lexicon it also meant kicks.|
|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.’.|
|Village Voice (N.Y.) 22 June n.p.: Solicitous merchants selling glassine packets containing a ‘trip for your dollar that will make you holler.’.|
|in Living Dangerously 95: [of inhalants] We’d take a lot of trips when we were about fifteen or sixteen.|
|Guardian Media 2 Aug. 3: The Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, which describes a ‘trip’, gave LSD world-wide recognition.|
|Guardian Rev. 21 Apr. 9: Leary blew it by dropping two Sunshine tabs on Sprague, who had a bad trip.|
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 193/2: trip n. 1 LSD; an LSD tab.|
|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.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
|Big Huey 11: Like most people I knew, I had been smoking marijuana and dropping the odd trip for years.|
|Awaydays 131: My first thought is that she’s dropped a trip, or somebody’s spiked her.|
|White Trash 71: St Peter at the bar selling whizz, trips, charlie, E.|
|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|
|Leaves of Grass 30: Bad trips on Hashish & Marijuana are rare.|
|Village Voice (N.Y.) 12 Feb. n.p.: The 60’s were a mind trip.|
|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.
|[||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].|
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 62: We used to be equals. Now it’s Kesey’s trip.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 148: Who wants to fuck a chick with no tits? It must be a fag-trip, right?|
|Death Row 209: These people that are on God trips get the TV turned on at nine.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 273: Dwight seemed wholly unable to relate to the fatherhood trip.|
|Indep. Rev. 4 Mar. 4: I kicked that trip when I was 10.|
(b) a challenging, surprising or otherwise out of the ordinary experience; often as it’s a trip.
|Oz 8 2: Aren’t the Doors a trip [...] Formantera was a real trip, man.|
|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.|
|Serial 76: You ever lose a mature ficus benjamina that you’d raised from a six-inch pot? [...] It’s a trip.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 21: Tellin you ’bout dis and dat [...] all kinda thangs. It’s a trip.|
|🎵 Check it out Dogg; this game is a motherfuckin trip man.‘Bitch Ass Niggaz’|
|Sun. Times Mag. 6 Feb. 23: Seriously, man, I get a semi-wood doing this. It’s the ultimate trip.|
|Rough Riders 194: Life’s a trip sometimes. Spend the morning in Antarctic weather and the evening wearing shorts .|
(c) anything considered simple.
|(con. 1970s) 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.
|Current Sl. V:1 21: Trip [...] Dick Gregory was really a trip.|
|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’.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 7: trip – someone or something that is out of the ordinary.|
|Sl. U. 196: trip a person who’s funny or weird.|
|Dreams from my Father (2008) 102: ‘Tims a trip ain’t he,’ I said, shaking my head.|
|A Steady Rain I i: But this Rhonda . . . what a trip.|
|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.
|(con. 1967) 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.
|Campus Sl. Mar. 1: It would really be a trip if I passed physics.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 7: trip – unusually stimulating or exciting: The Richard Pryor show was a trip.|
|Sl. and Sociability 66: A: ‘That was the best movie I ever saw.’ B: ‘Yeah, it was a trip.’.|
see separate entry.
(drugs) a regular consumer of LSD.
|in Living Dangerously 112: I found out she was a trip head, an acid junkie.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 55: businessman’s lunchtime high (drug) [so called because its effects last only thirty minutes] dmt.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|book review in AS LVII:4 289: DMT [...] [a] short-acting hallucinogenic drug, it has the rather intriguing name of businessman’s psychedelic martini.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 4: Businessman’s LSD — Dimethyltryptamine; Businessman’s special — Dimethyltryptamine; Businessman’s trip — Dimethyltryptamine.|
(drugs) a very potent, almost hallucinogenic variety of marijuana.
|‘420 Dict.’ at 420TIMES.COM 🌐 Cam Trip – high potency cannabis.|
a fantasy about death, often stimulated by (hallucinogenic) drugs; also as adj.
|🌐 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.‘Rev. of the Biography of Nick Cave’ in Addicted to Noise|
|Guardian 10 Aug. 🌐 Manson was the worm in the hippie apple. His was the death-trip – the brown acid.|
1. an unpleasant experience induced after taking LSD.
|A Case of Need 172: She took a couple of down-trips, real freaks, and it shook her up.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
2. in fig. use., anything unpleasant, tedious, depressing.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970).|
(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.|
(drugs) a variety of quasi-drug experiences gained from smoking such natural substances as nutmeg, banana, mace, etc.
|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.|
(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.|
1. under the influence of drugs.
|We are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against 88: It’s the universe that’s been on a bad trip.|
|ONDCP Street Terms 16: On a trip — Under the influence of drugs.|
2. crazy, temporarily insane; disorientated.
|Faggots 259: You really are on a trip, Uncle Richie.|
SE in slang uses
to be mother to an illegitimate child.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(UK Und.) of a suspect criminal, to leave a town or place to avoid arrest.
|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.|
see take for a ride under ride n.
(orig. gay) anal intercourse.
|Sex Variants.‘Lang. of Homosexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 46: trip to the moon, to take a (v.): To perform anilinctus; the moon is slang for buttocks.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 172: to lick or suck anus [...] take a trip to the moon.|