I heard in a movie description this line:

Eddie trips (trapes? trapeses?) a dimly lit alley off of the red car route.

What does trip an alley mean? I can't find a definition of trip that fits this sentence. Or did I hear it wrong? I am putting the audio clip here (uploaded to an audio sharing site Clyp) for reference.

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    ****traipse**** is to walk in a leisurely or unhurried manner. "Traipse down or along a dimly lit alley"
    – Lambie
    Mar 23, 2018 at 17:01

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The word in the audio is "traipses". I don't think I've heard it used transitively (with a direct object) before, as it is here (I would have expected "traipses down" or "traipses along", but I don't hear any such word in this audio), but Merriam-Webster recognizes this usage: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/traipse.

  • +1. Traipsing and dark alleys don't usually go together. Traipsing suggests a nonchalance, a going hither and thither without clear purpose or plan.
    – TimR
    Mar 23, 2018 at 23:02

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