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    stretch out

    Hi everybody,

    Today I wanted to speak about a prank we did to one of our friends but I couldn't think of any words to say what I meant.
    Actually my friend was walking and didn't notice me then I stretched my leg out and he tripped over my foot and fell down.
    I know I did something dangerous but do we have any verbs for this in English? (when you stretch your leg out because you want someone to trip over it)
    Thanks.

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    Re: stretch out

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Hi everybody,

    Today I wanted to speak about a prank we did to one of our friends but I couldn't think of any words to say what I meant.
    Actually my friend was walking and didn't notice me then I stretched my leg out and he tripped over my foot and fell down.
    I know I did something dangerous but do we have any verbs for this in English? (when you stretch your leg out because you want someone to trip over it)
    Thanks.
    You could say "I tripped him". I would be careful with "pranks" like this.

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    Re: stretch out

    I agree. It's a good way to lose a friend.

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    #4

    Re: stretch out

    I tripped him up is also used in BrE.

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    #5

    Re: stretch out

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I tripped him up is also used in BrE.
    Here, too, but with a different meaning.

    trip someone up catch out, trap, confuse, unsettle, disconcert, throw you off, wrongfoot, put you off your stride Your own lies will trip you up.
    trip up blunder, make a mistake, slip up (informal), make a faux pas, go wrong, lapse, boob (Brit. slang), err, miscalculate He has tripped up in Parliament before.

    Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

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    #6

    Re: stretch out

    We use those meanings too.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Oct-2013 at 00:06. Reason: typo

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