Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

trip up

trip up
1) make a mistake or cause someone else to
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    • a problem can trip you up
  • Analysis
    The phrasal verb 'trip up' means to make a mistake or to cause someone else to make a mistake. You can use this in both social and professional contexts and it is similar in meaning to 'slip up' or 'mess up'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I struggled in the job interview. A lot of the questions I was asked seemed designed to trip me up.
    2. Sorry, I didn't mean to trip you up when I gave you the wrong address. It was an honest mistake.
    3. Overall, I think I did well in the exam, but I know I tripped up on a couple of questions.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Some of the interview questions are designed to trip up candidates who might be lying about their experience.
    2. We tripped up over a few of the more difficult questions but overall the presentation was a success.
    3. It is not like you to trip up over something so simple. Are you feeling alright today?
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