booby trap

noun
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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

booby-trap

transitive verb

Examples of booby trap in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of booby trap

1846

booby trap Synonyms


BOOBY TRAP Defined for English Language Learners

booby trap

noun

Definition of booby trap for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BOOBY TRAP Defined for Kids

booby-trap

verb boo·by-trap \ ˈbü-bē-ˌtrap \

Definition of booby-trap for Students

booby-trapped; booby-trapping
: to set up as a booby trap

booby trap

noun boo·by trap \ ˈbü-bē- \

Definition of booby trap for Students

1 : a hidden bomb that explodes when the object connected to it is touched
2 : a trap set for an unsuspecting person


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