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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtraptrap1 /træp/ ●●○ noun [countable]  1 trap.jpg for animalsCATCH a piece of equipment for catching animals The only way to catch mice is to set a trap. He stepped into a bear trap covered in snow. mousetrap2 clever trickTRICK/DECEIVE a clever trick that is used to catch someone or to make them do or say something that they did not intend tolay/set a trap (for somebody) Police had set a trap for hooligans at the match.fall/walk into a trap Mr Smith has walked straight into a trap laid by the Tories.3 bad situationUNPLEASANTESCAPE an unpleasant or difficult situation that is difficult to escape from Amanda felt that marriage was a trap.debt/unemployment etc trap people caught in the unemployment trap4 fall into/avoid the trap of doing something5 keep your trap shut6 shut your trap!7 vehicleTTB a vehicle with two wheels, pulled by a horse8 sport American EnglishDSG sandtrap syn bunker British English9 dog raceDSO a special gate from which a greyhound is set free at the beginning of a race booby trap, death trap, → poverty trap at poverty(3), → speed trap, tourist trap
Examples from the Corpus
trapI didn't take the money with me, because I was worried it might be a trap.He informed the Sheriffs of his planned meeting, and helped lay another trap to make the final arrests.But trappers will keep tabs on the extra traps until February, officials said.Usually Gloria told her to shut her trap.To cap it off, the last but one trap contained a ten pounder.The sun was moving across the sky and we had almost forgotten to check our traps.If we're lucky, the thief will fall right into our trap.This is the phenomenon generally known as the poverty trap.Sensing the lawyer's trap, Horvath refused to answer.They rolled faster and faster, a steel trap of locomotion and churning rhythms, down the hill.set ... trapThey are setting a trap for me, she decided.Or, you can set traps for them to prevent then from reaching the pots to lay their eggs.So Gharr no only had Mala but also knew our pod and had set a trap for me.Beatrix had set a trap for Maurice and he had walked straight into it.She sets a trap and sets off a series of events that entangle household, family and friends.She must remember to tell Mrs Cooke to set a trap.It may be necessary to set a trap for him.lay/set a trap (for somebody)They are setting a trap for me, she decided.Or, you can set traps for them to prevent then from reaching the pots to lay their eggs.Beatrix had set a trap for Maurice and he had walked straight into it.And the speaker may be totally unaware of laying a trap.She sets a trap and sets off a series of events that entangle household, family and friends.It may be necessary to set a trap for him.Clare wouldn't put it past Sam to use a rat to lay a trap for her.debt/unemployment etc trapJob fears and the mortgage debt trap are failing to halt the housing slump.It became a more serious potential debt trap than running up bills at retailers.Susan George reveals the dynamic behind the debt trap.So could her friends Michelle, Lenny, Tony, Sue a whole line of people caught in the unemployment trap.This is likely to be particularly serious if either the poverty trap or the unemployment trap is encountered.This has led a number of commentators to argue that the unemployment trap is now of little importance to the real world.The unemployment trap has been substantially eased and the simplification of social security has had major effects.