man·​trap ˈman-ˌtrap How to pronounce mantrap (audio)
: a trap for catching humans : snare

Examples of mantrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wright complained shrilly about the city, calling it a prison, a crime of crimes, a pig pile, an incongruous mantrap and more, but this was the bluster of someone who protested too much. Anthony Alofsin, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2020 Maybe razor wire and battlements and mantraps besides. David Migoya, The Denver Post, 2 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mantrap was in 1726

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“Mantrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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