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    Trip The Lock

    Is it okay to interpret 'trip the lock' in this passage:

    "Arny easily tripped the lock on the front door, opened the front hood, clipped the brake lines and inserted a rigged timer so that when the vehicle reached 60 miles per hour immediately after first reaching 70 or more, the brakes would suffer a complete failure."

    as meaning 'accidentally activate the lock' in the same sense as 'trip the alarm'?

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    Re: Trip The Lock

    See:
    trip - definition of trip by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    21.*to operate, start, or set free (a mechanism, weight, etc.) by suddenly releasing a catch, clutch, or the like.
    22.*to release or operate suddenly (a catch, clutch, etc.)

    Hope this helps
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    Re: Trip The Lock

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    We usually "spring", "pick", or "force" a lock. Sometimes we "pop" the lock on a car door. However, I don't think I've heard of "tripping" a lock.

    Also, I don't understand why your character needs to rig a device to the speedometer and brakes when he has already cut the brake lines. Maybe I'm missing something here.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 12-Apr-2013 at 04:25.

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    Re: Trip The Lock

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    Maybe I'm missing something here.
    All you're missing is that the thread was started by our regular time-waster.

    Thread Closed.

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