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  • n  a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
  • n  drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
  • n  something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
    the exam was full of trap questions
  • n  a device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
  • n  the act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
  • n  informal terms for the mouth
  • n  a light two-wheeled carriage
  • n  a hazard on a golf course
  • v  place in a confining or embarrassing position
    He was trapped in a difficult situation
  • v  catch in or as if in a trap
    The men trap foxes
  • v  hold or catch as if in a trap
    The gaps between the teeth trap food particles
  • v  to hold fast or prevent from moving

  • Few creations of nature are more exotic than the flowers that trap insects in order to transfer pollen from their male to their female reproductive organs.
  • A sharp wind blew over Travers Island, over the traps of the New York Athletic Club, over the shoulders of squad after squad of gunners competing, on two days of sunlight, gusts .
  • If your dad has the soul of an outlaw, download Trapster so his iPhone will alert him to approaching police speed traps and red light cameras.
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  • Izz ad-Din al-Qassam in USA Today
    A text message sent by Hamas' military wing, Izzedine al-Qassam, said "the Zionists started approaching the trap which our fighters prepared for them."
  • P Chidambaram in Economic Times
    Something has gone very wrong,Chidambaram told reporters. "They seem to have walked into a trap set by the Naxalites. I am deeply shocked. This shows the savage nature of the CPI-Maoist, the brutality and savagery they are capable of."
  • John Prescott in
    Neither could take the final step. They were caught in their own trap,Prescott wrote.

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