Definitions

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  • noun an unintentional but embarrassing blunder

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The market gained on the day, but suffered a notable trip-up after the Federal Reserve published its members' yearly rate forecasts for the first time ever.

    Fed, Strong Auction Lift Treasurys

  • You are so busy trying to trip-up Barack Obama, the man who actually got you the job that you have (.... we'll get a black man to criticize him because then it won't seem as if we're racist), you can't lead, You haven't a clue.

    First on the Ticker: Steele's letter to RNC members

  • They all scrambled to their feet; Darian dismissed the spell and readied a trip-up, a variation on the first bit of magic he'd ever used in combat, to make people's feet stick to the ground just long enough to trip them.

    Elephant in the City

  • Yes, we know these things take time, but the latest trip-up came Thursday night in a 112-107 loss to the Celtics in Miami as Dwyane Wade couldn't buy a trey and made only two of 12 shots.

    The Heat can't generate any against Celtics ... again

  • (And in that example, you might not even know whether there was a tech trip-up that caused the email in question to not be delivered, or whether it was caught by a diligent spam filter on alert for unrecognizable origins.)

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • This may seem painfully obvious, but I have seen folks trip-up on their way to being promoted to leadership roles by focusing more on their future than on their present.

    Tom Fox: The Federal Coach: Take Your Shot at Leadership

  • This may seem painfully obvious, but I have seen folks trip-up on their way to being promoted to leadership roles by focusing more on their future than on their present.

    Tom Fox: The Federal Coach: Take Your Shot at Leadership

  • This may seem painfully obvious, but I have seen folks trip-up on their way to being promoted to leadership roles by focusing more on their future than on their present.

    The Federal Coach: Take Your Shot at Leadership

  • (And in that example, you might not even know whether there was a tech trip-up that caused the email in question to not be delivered, or whether it was caught by a diligent spam filter on alert for unrecognizable origins.)

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • Seemingly un-perplexed and unperturbed, what followed this metaphoric "foot-in-the-aisle" trip-up was Obama's groundbreaking inaugural address.

    Michael DeJong: I Do Solemnly Swear...

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