speed trap


Definition of speed trap

: a stretch of road policed by often concealed officers or devices (such as radar) so as to catch speeders

Examples of speed trap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along the way, Google Maps alerted me to a few speed trap locations set up along a stretch of highway in Michigan, as evidenced below. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 2 Jan. 2022 This led to heroes like police officer J.C. Williams, who may have devised the region’s first speed trap. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 Linndale -- which is notorious as a speed trap -- is just 0.07 square miles. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2021 Mantua has had a reputation as a speed trap, even spurring a state senator in 2016 to introduce legislation capping how much money towns could make from speeding fines. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 Every winter, the air quality in Delhi turns hazardous as lower temperatures and decreasing wind speed trap particulate matter closer to the ground. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz India, 8 Nov. 2020 German radio stations alert drivers to the locations of speed traps on the Autobahn. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2019 German radio stations alert drivers to the locations of speed traps on the Autobahn. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2019 Google is rolling out the ability to report speed traps, crashes and slowdowns in real time to its Maps iOS app, making the new feature available to about 1 billion existing users worldwide. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of speed trap

1925, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jan 2022

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“Speed trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20trap. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of speed trap

: an area of road where police hide from drivers and use special equipment to catch people who are driving too fast


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