hon·​ey·​pot | \ˈhə-nē-ˌpät \

Definition of honeypot 

1 : one that is attractive or desirable

2 : a substantial source of money

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And how has your extension towards others depleted some of this solo honeypot? Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes Aug 13-19," 11 Aug. 2018 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, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 That allows honeypots such as Geenens' to estimate the size of the botnet based on the number of IPs doing the scanning. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New IoT botnet offers DDoSes of once-unimaginable sizes for $20," 1 Feb. 2018 Recent news also revealed a legal congressional honeypot, an account that some lawmakers have used to settle harassment claims out of court. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Murkowski joins women senators to push for reform of harassment rules," 29 Mar. 2018 Another obstacle is Twitter’s reputation as a honeypot for trolls, harassers and fake news. Jeran Wittenstein, Bloomberg.com, "Twitter Analyst Support Piles Up as Turnaround Gains Steam," 19 Jan. 2018 By contrast, a honeypot Radware used in August to monitor Mirai and a different, much more advanced IoT botnet researchers are calling Hajime, saw infections on average every two minutes. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Assessing the threat the Reaper botnet poses to the Internet—what we know now," 27 Oct. 2017 Cohn’s personal take from that honeypot? $72.5 million. William D. Cohan, vanityfair.com, "Gary Cohn Can’t Quit Trump. Literally. He’s Tried More Than Once.," 13 Oct. 2017 Cohn’s personal take from that honeypot? $72.5 million. William D. Cohan, The Hive, "Gary Cohn Can’t Quit Trump. Literally. He’s Tried More Than Once.," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of honeypot

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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