honeypot

noun
hon·​ey·​pot | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌpät How to pronounce honeypot (audio) \

Definition of honeypot

1 : one that is attractive or desirable
2 : a substantial source of money

Examples of honeypot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Artworks will be re-homed in small towns and villages, in a bid to spread tourists -- and their spending, as well as their impact on the environment -- around the region, instead of centering them around the Florence honeypot. Julia Buckley, CNN, 23 June 2021 Connected gadgets like thermostats and smart cameras ship with old software — a honeypot for hackers. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 17 June 2021 Other honeypot sites include Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Texas and NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Some have heralded this sly ploy of providing a type of honeypot to get potential evildoers on the hook. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 June 2021 This sale, which is a honeypot for those who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, is expected to yield $1.2m-1.7m. The Economist, 12 Sep. 2020 Still, Griffin’s is a minority opinion among far-right extremists, who almost unanimously deem Parler as a honeypot at worst, and urge caution to any of their own venturing onto it. Rita Katz, Wired, 9 July 2020 London has become a honeypot for the international super-rich, especially in the past twenty years, as the city has emerged as the world’s financial center. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of honeypot

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Honeypot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeypot. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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