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trap         

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      n  
1    a mechanical device or enclosed place or pit in which something, esp. an animal, is caught or penned  
2    any device or plan for tricking a person or thing into being caught unawares  
3    anything resembling a trap or prison  
4    a fitting for a pipe in the form of a U-shaped or S-shaped bend that contains standing water to prevent the passage of gases  
5    any similar device  
6    a device that hurls clay pigeons into the air to be fired at by trapshooters  
7      (Greyhound racing)   any one of a line of boxlike stalls in which greyhounds are enclosed before the start of a race  
8       See       trap door  
9    a light two-wheeled carriage  
10       a slang word for       mouth  
11      (Golf)   an obstacle or hazard, esp. a bunker  
12    pl     (Jazz, slang)   percussion instruments  
13    usually pl     (Austral)  
obsolete slang   a policeman  
      vb   , traps, trapping, trapped  
14    tr   to catch, take, or pen in or as if in a trap; entrap  
15    tr   to ensnare by trickery; trick  
16    tr   to provide (a pipe) with a trap  
17    to set traps in (a place), esp. for animals  
     (Old English træppe; related to Middle Low German trappe, Medieval Latin trappa)  
  traplike      adj  
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trap          [2]  
      n  
1       an obsolete word for       trappings       2  
      vb   , traps, trapping, trapped  
2    tr; often foll by: out   to dress or adorn  
   See also       traps  
     (C11: probably from Old French drap cloth)  

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trap          [3]   , traprock  
      n  
1    any fine-grained often columnar dark igneous rock, esp. basalt  
2    any rock in which oil or gas has accumulated  
     (C18: from Swedish trappa stair (from its steplike formation); see trap1)  

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lobster pot   , trap         
      n   a round basket or trap made of open slats used to catch lobsters  


booby trap  
      n  
1    a hidden explosive device primed in such a way as to be set off by an unsuspecting victim  
2    a trap for an unsuspecting person, esp. one intended as a practical joke, such as an object balanced above a door to fall on the person who opens it  
      vb   , booby-trap, traps, -trapping, -trapped  
3    tr   to set a booby trap in or on (a building or object) or for (a person)  
light trap  
      n   any mechanical arrangement that allows some form of movement to take place while excluding light, such as a light-proof door or the lips of a film cassette  
live trap  
      n  
1    a box constructed to trap an animal without injuring it  
      vb  
  livetrap   , -traps, -trapping, -trapped  
2    tr   to catch (an animal) in such a box  
poverty trap  
      n   the situation of being unable to escape poverty because of being dependent on state benefits, which are reduced by the same amount as any extra income gained  
radar trap  
      n      See       speed trap  
rat-trap  
      n  
1    a device for catching rats  
2    Informal   a type of bicycle pedal having serrated steel foot pads and a toe clip  
sand trap  
      n      another name (esp. U.S.) for       bunker       2  
speed trap  
      n   a section of road on which the police check the speed of vehicles, often using radar  
steam trap  
      n   a device in a steam pipe that collects and discharges condensed water  
stench trap  
      n   a trap in a sewer that by means of a water seal prevents the upward passage of foul-smelling gases,   (Also called)    stink trap  
stink trap  
      n      another name for       stench trap  
tank trap  
      n   any obstacle, such as a number of concrete stumps set in the ground, designed to stop a military tank  
trap          [1]  
      n  
1    a mechanical device or enclosed place or pit in which something, esp. an animal, is caught or penned  
2    any device or plan for tricking a person or thing into being caught unawares  
3    anything resembling a trap or prison  
4    a fitting for a pipe in the form of a U-shaped or S-shaped bend that contains standing water to prevent the passage of gases  
5    any similar device  
6    a device that hurls clay pigeons into the air to be fired at by trapshooters  
7      (Greyhound racing)   any one of a line of boxlike stalls in which greyhounds are enclosed before the start of a race  
8       See       trap door  
9    a light two-wheeled carriage  
10       a slang word for       mouth  
11      (Golf)   an obstacle or hazard, esp. a bunker  
12    pl     (Jazz, slang)   percussion instruments  
13    usually pl     (Austral)  
obsolete slang   a policeman  
      vb   , traps, trapping, trapped  
14    tr   to catch, take, or pen in or as if in a trap; entrap  
15    tr   to ensnare by trickery; trick  
16    tr   to provide (a pipe) with a trap  
17    to set traps in (a place), esp. for animals  
     (Old English træppe; related to Middle Low German trappe, Medieval Latin trappa)  
  traplike      adj  
trap          [2]  
      n  
1       an obsolete word for       trappings       2  
      vb   , traps, trapping, trapped  
2    tr; often foll by: out   to dress or adorn  
   See also       traps  
     (C11: probably from Old French drap cloth)  
trap          [3]   , traprock  
      n  
1    any fine-grained often columnar dark igneous rock, esp. basalt  
2    any rock in which oil or gas has accumulated  
     (C18: from Swedish trappa stair (from its steplike formation); see trap1)  
trap door  
      n  
1    a door or flap flush with and covering an opening, esp. in a ceiling  
2    the opening so covered  
trap-door spider  
      n   any of various spiders of the family Ctenizidae that construct a silk-lined hole in the ground closed by a hinged door of earth and silk  

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trap

  

      n  
1    ambush, gin, net, noose, pitfall, snare, springe, toils  
2    ambush, artifice, deception, device, ruse, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, wile  
      vb  
3    catch, corner, enmesh, ensnare, entrap, snare, take  
4    ambush, beguile, deceive, dupe, ensnare, inveigle, trick  

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honey trap n.
tempting someone with promise of reward (an attractive person in general) to reveal information or to test one's partner loyalty, faithfulness : can be for lovers, business partners, espionage

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