rat·​trap ˈra(t)-ˌtrap How to pronounce rattrap (audio)
: a trap for rats
: a dirty dilapidated structure
: a hopeless situation

Examples of rattrap in a Sentence

although the military invasion had been a breeze, the nation soon found itself caught in a rattrap with no clear escape route

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rattrap was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rattrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattrap. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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