American English

Definition of trap noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    jump to other results
    for animals
  1. 1a 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. 2a 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
  12. Idioms
      spring a trap
      jump to other results
    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
    jump to other results
    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