leghold trap


leg·​hold trap ˈleg-ˌhōld- How to pronounce leghold trap (audio)
 also  ˈlāg-
: a jawed usually steel trap that is used to hold a wild mammal and operates by springing closed and clamping onto the leg of the animal that steps on it

Examples of leghold trap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team used a padded leghold trap with bait. Julia Musto, Fox News, 14 Mar. 2021 The theatrics were typical of Rep. Young, who once stuck his hand in a steel-jaw leghold trap until his fingers turned blue, while arguing that such traps weren’t painful to animals. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leghold trap was in 1941

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“Leghold trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leghold%20trap. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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