man·​trap | \ ˈman-ˌtrap How to pronounce mantrap (audio) \

Definition of mantrap

: 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, "How New York Made Frank Lloyd Wright a Starchitect," 24 Feb. 2020 Maybe razor wire and battlements and mantraps besides. David Migoya, The Denver Post, "What 10 key opinions by Neil Gorsuch say about his judicial mindset," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of mantrap

1726, in the meaning defined above

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“Mantrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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