booby trap


booby trap

noun

: a hidden bomb that explodes when the object connected to it is touched, moved, etc.

: a trap that is set as a joke to shock or frighten someone

Full Definition of BOOBY TRAP

1
:  a trap for the unwary or unsuspecting :  pitfall
2
:  a concealed explosive device contrived to go off when some harmless-looking object is touched
boo·by–trap transitive verb

Examples of BOOBY TRAP

  1. Someone had rigged a booby trap that blew up the car when the engine was started.
  2. We set a booby trap by balancing a bucket of water on top of the door so that it would fall on him when he came in.

First Known Use of BOOBY TRAP

1850

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