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Definition of trap noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    for animals
  1. 1 a piece of equipment for catching animals a beaver with its leg in a trap A trap was laid, with fresh bait. see also mousetrap
  2. trick
  3. 2 a plan designed to trick someone, either by capturing them or by making them do or say something that they did not mean to do or say She had set a trap for him and he walked straight into it. see also booby trap, radar trap, tourist trap
  4. bad situation
  5. 3[usually singular] an unpleasant situation from which it is hard to escape the unemployment trap Some women see marriage as a trap. see also death trap, poverty trap
  6. carriage
  7. 4a light carriage with two wheels, pulled by a horse a pony and trap
  8. mouth
  9. 5 (slang) mouth Shut your trap! (= a rude way of telling someone to be quiet) to keep your trap shut (= to not tell a secret)
  10. in golf
  11. 6 = bunker (3)
  12. Idioms
      spring a trap
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    1. 1to make a trap for catching animals close suddenly
    2. 2to try to trick someone into doing or saying something; to succeed in this
    to fall into/avoid the trap of doing something
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    to do/avoid doing something that is a mistake but which seems at first to be a good idea Parents often fall into the trap of trying to do everything for their children.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: trap