Language: Old English
Origin: træppe, treppe


1 noun
trap1 [countable]

for animals

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.

clever trick

a clever trick that is used to catch someone or to make them do or say something that they did not intend to
lay/set a trap (for somebody)
Mr Smith has walked straight into a trap laid by the Tories.
fall/walk into a trap
Police had set a trap for hooligans at the match.

bad situation

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 trap

fall into/avoid the trap of doing something

to do something that seems good at the time but is not sensible or wise, or to avoid doing this:
Don't fall into the trap of investing all your money in one place.

keep your trap shut

spoken a rude way of telling someone to not say anything about things that are secret:
Just keep your trap shut.

shut your trap!

spoken a rude way of telling someone to stop talking


TTB a vehicle with two wheels, pulled by a horse


American EnglishDSG sandtrap [= bunker British English]

dog race

DSO a special gate from which a greyhound is set free at the beginning of a race

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