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  • n  a difficult entangling situation
  • n  filthy run-down dilapidated housing
  • n  a trap for catching rats

  • As in any fun house, the pleasures here are as subtle as a rattrap sprung on a boy's foot.
  • The 110 works were mainly photographs of the obvious sort, but one contributor provided an actual rattrap sprung on an unfortunate male, and one mysteriously offered a collection .
  • Gascar's notion of the universe as a giant rattrap leaves his characters with their necks perpetually broken, like the heroes of Dreiser and O'Neill, and with the same clenched .

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