trip over the wire

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trip over the wire ‎(third-person singular simple present trips over the wire, present participle tripping over the wire, simple past and past participle tripped over the wire)

  1. To make a mistake
    Be careful in modifying the device lest you may trip over the wire and screw everything up.
    I tripped over the wire when modifying the source code of a computer program because the unusual code that I straightened out was intentionally put in place.