Definition of trap noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//træp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//træp//
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    for animals
  1. 1  a piece of equipment for catching animals a fox with its leg in a trap A trap was laid, with fresh bait. see also mousetrap
  2. trick
  3. 2  a clever plan designed to trick somebody, 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 had walked straight into it. see also booby trap, radar trap, sand 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 deathtrap, poverty trap
  6. carriage
  7. 4 a light carriage with two wheels, pulled by a horse a pony and trap
  8. mouth
  9. 5(slang) mouth synonym gob Shut your trap! (= a rude way of telling somebody to be quiet) to keep your trap shut (= to not tell a secret)
  10. for racing dog
  11. 6a cage from which a greyhound (= a type of dog) is let out at the start of a race
  12. in golf
  13. 7(especially North American English) = bunker
  14. Word OriginOld English træppe (in coltetræppe ‘Christ's thorn’); related to Middle Dutch trappe and medieval Latin trappa, of uncertain origin. The verb dates from late Middle English.Idioms
    1. 1to make a trap for catching animals close suddenly
    2. 2to try to trick somebody 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 American Dictionary entry: trap