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    Default what does " do a trip " mean ?

    I often see " have a trip " or " take a trip"
    when I see " do a trip", I don't know what it means
    can you help me?
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    Default Re: what does " do a trip " mean ?

    You can say: be (away) on/ go on/ have/ make/ take a trip.
    Not do a trip.

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    Default Re: what does " do a trip " mean ?

    I'm sure my father used that phrase when referring to his job off-shore. He definitely used to say, 'I've only got to do one more trip before Christmas'.
    Whether this is classed as poor English or not, I don't know, but it is a phrase used by oil rig workers.

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    Default Re: what does " do a trip " mean ?

    It sound alright to me, especially if disguised a little so that it doesn't clash with the more usual choices:
    When they visited New York, they did a side-trip to Niagara Falls.

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    Default Re: what does " do a trip " mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    I'm sure my father used that phrase when referring to his job off-shore. He definitely used to say, 'I've only got to do one more trip before Christmas'.
    Whether this is classed as poor English or not, I don't know, but it is a phrase used by oil rig workers.
    Oil-rig workers probably (well, certainly, but I don't know the details) have a job-related jargon. In this, a 'trip' might well mean 'a period of work on the rig [starting and ending with trips]'. The armed forces have a similar sort of jargon: a spell of duty is 'a tour'.

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    Default Re: what does " do a trip " mean ?

    In the Oxford Collocations dictionary, 'do a trip' doesn't appear.

    I can add other verbs, for example:
    come back from, return from, be back from, arrange, organize, plan, book, cancel, extend, cut short and enjoy a trip.

    I have consulted three more dictionaries: Cambridge, Longman and Common Errors, with the same result.

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    Default Re: what does " do a trip " mean ?

    'do' commonly combines with a noun phrase to form relatively fixed, idiomatic expressions. In 'do a trip', 'do' has little lexical content. It refers to the performance of an activity that is relevant to the object noun phrase, but it does not specify that activity.

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