Trip The Lock

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saski

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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'?
 

SlickVic9000

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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.
 
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