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guilt trip

1. noun A deep feeling of guilt or remorse. I'm having a guilt trip for not being able to attend my sister's wedding.
2. verb To make others feel guilty, especially in an attempt to manipulate them. Kelly's parents were always trying to guilt trip her for not giving them grandchildren. You can't guilt trip me into donating money, I give enough to charity already.
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a ˈguilt trip

(informal) things you say to somebody in order to make them feel guilty about something: Don’t lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.
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Love) wrote an article for Psychology Today entitled How to Not Get Taken on a Guilt Trip. The article was popular it received 4.8K Likes within in 24 hours of its posting.
Though sometimes angry, she doesn't hit readers over the head--you won't find any guilt trips here.
From "Guilt Trips," a pamphlet of "positive parenting tips" created and distributed by MCI Telecommunications to parents who travel on business.
"Mothers do develop guilt trips. When I was working a lot I felt guilty as a parent.
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The campaign group Tourism Concern (www.tourismconcern.org.uk) advises of the top 10 "how to avoid guilt trips" which include thinking about appropriate clothing for the country you are visiting and writing to your tour operator for information on their responsible tourism policies.
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He, naturally, wishes Perdy would just put a plastic bag over her head and leave him and Katie to bring up her baby without any interference or guilt trips.
DON'T take guilt trips. Take a trip to the cinema, the shops or a foreign country.
Hello there sir, you who have envisioned this 'government guilt trip' do you know how much of tax payers money was just used in giving voters, freebies, free electricity, free housing, free entries into colleges, schools and jobs?