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Definition of booby trap noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    booby trap

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  1. 1 a hidden bomb that explodes when the object that it is connected to is touched Nobody went near the abandoned car in case it was a booby trap. a booby-trap device containing five pounds of explosives
  2. 2 a hidden device that is meant as a joke to surprise someone, for example an object placed above a door so that it will fall on the first person who opens the door
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