1111
about the usage of "trip over' Hi, all. Can you please tell me the meaning of trip over in the sentence below? In a world where you can tell the rich from the poor by their internet connections, the poverty line trips over the high-speed-digital line. I've searched in dictionaries that says trip over means to tremble, which doesn't match the situaton here, i figure. im a little confused about it... Thank you in advance
Nov 15, 2019 2:48 AM
Answers · 4
"trips over" here means to fall over, meet difficulty or fail. An analogy is tripping over an obstacle on the ground. You meet a difficulty and maybe hurt yourself because your foot stumbles/'trips over' this obstacle. You are 'tripped up' or hindered from proceeding. Also, a 'line' can be a separation point or even a barrier - sometimes easy to pass through, sometimes more difficult. The poor meet this imaginary line or barrier of the 'high speed' era (internet age), but they 'trip up'/'trip over it' . They can't get past this barrier/line as their poverty (literacy skills, perhaps) hinders them or creates difficulties for them to use the high-speed' internet.
November 15, 2019
i see thank you!
November 15, 2019
trip over = surpasses
November 15, 2019
Still haven’t found your answers?
Write down your questions and let the native speakers help you!
1111
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish
Learning Language
English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish