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mousetrap

noun mouse·trap \ ˈmau̇s-ˌtrap \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018

Definition of mousetrap

1 : a trap for mice
2 : a stratagem that lures one to defeat or destruction
3 : trap 2b

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First Known Use of mousetrap

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mousetrap

verb

Definition of mousetrap

: to snare in or as if in a mousetrap

First Known Use of mousetrap

circa 1864

in the meaning defined above

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MOUSETRAP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mousetrap for English Language Learners

  • : a small trap for catching mice



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