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noun trot pronunciation in British English /trɒt/
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  1. 1
    [singular] the speed of a horse or other animal when it moves more quickly than when walking but does not run
    The horse slowed to a trot.
    1. a.
      [countable] a ride on a horse that is trotting
      a trot around the park
    2. b.
      [singular] the speed of someone walking with short quick steps
      He set off at a trot.
      break into a trot (=start walking faster so that you are trotting): When he saw us, he broke into a brisk trot.
  2. 2




    [countable] British informal an insulting word for someone with left-wing political ideas
  3. 3
    [countable] Australian informal a period of time in which you have a particular kind of luck
    Simpson hoped his bad trot was about to end.
  4. 4

    the trots

    [plural] informal diarrhoea



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