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 for trip up
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trip \Trip\, v. t.
     1. To cause to stumble, or take a false step; to cause to
        lose the footing, by striking the feet from under; to
        cause to fall; to throw off the balance; to supplant; --
        often followed by up; as, to trip up a man in wrestling.
        [1913 Webster]
              The words of Hobbes's defense trip up the heels of
              his cause.                            --Abp.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Fig.): To overthrow by depriving of support; to put an
        obstacle in the way of; to obstruct; to cause to fail.
        [1913 Webster]
              To trip the course of law, and blunt the sword.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To detect in a misstep; to catch; to convict; also called
        trip up. [R.]
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              These her women can trip me if I err. --Shak.
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     4. (Naut.)
        (a) To raise (an anchor) from the bottom, by its cable or
            buoy rope, so that it hangs free.
        (b) To pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for
            lowering it.
            [1913 Webster]
     5. (Mach.) To release, let fall, or set free, as a weight or
        compressed spring, as by removing a latch or detent; to
        activate by moving a release mechanism, often
        unintentionally; as, to trip an alarm.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  trip up
      v 1: detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the
           senator" [syn: trip up, catch]
      2: cause to stumble; "The questions on the test tripped him up"
         [syn: trip, trip up]
      3: make an error; "She slipped up and revealed the name" [syn:
         stumble, slip up, trip up]

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