mousetrap

noun
mouse·​trap | \ ˈmau̇s-ˌtrap How to pronounce mousetrap (audio) \

Definition of mousetrap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mousetrap

verb
mousetrapped; mousetrapping; mousetraps

Definition of mousetrap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to snare in or as if in a mousetrap

Examples of mousetrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sometimes companies get lucky, are smart about enlisting allies, or make a better mousetrap. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "No, the Best Doesn’t Win," 27 Apr. 2020 Not surprisingly, the mousetraps fire in rapid succession and trigger the traps next to them. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Can a video of mousetraps and ping pong balls encourage people to stay socially distant?," 10 Apr. 2020 The next clip is nearly the same scene, but this time, the mousetraps are spread out and the single ping pong ball bounces through them safely. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Can a video of mousetraps and ping pong balls encourage people to stay socially distant?," 10 Apr. 2020 In other words, having failed to make an adequate case to remove Mr. Trump, Democrats are trying to drag out impeachment to further tarnish his reputation and mousetrap Senate Republicans running for re-election. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Impeachment Offenses," 15 Jan. 2020 There’s always going to be incentive and temptation to build a better mousetrap by any means available. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Punishment for Astros shows MLB’s sign-stealing days are over — and the Red Sox are next," 13 Jan. 2020 Mystery writer and game aficionado Andrew Wyke invites his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, to his mousetrap of a country estate for a dangerous game of one-upmanship that keeps audiences guessing through every cunning twist and turn. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "Great Lakes Theater’s ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Julius Caesar’ spotlight con men and conspirators: Fall Theater Preview 2019," 29 Sep. 2019 That’s when the tension — abetted by mousetraps, a chain saw and monster tales — soars as high as Aaron’s beloved alps: An idyllic family vacation morphs into a quest for survival when Tristan disappears. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: Sarah Jessica Parker Back for More ‘Divorce’; a Farewell to ‘My Fair Lady’," 29 June 2019 Viewed in one light, dating apps look like a brilliant mousetrap. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "HBO's 'Swiped' Argues That Silicon Valley Must Fix the Dating Mess It Created," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mousetrap

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mousetrap was in the 15th century

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25 May 2020

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“Mousetrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mousetrap. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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mousetrap

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English Language Learners Definition of mousetrap

: a small trap for catching mice

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