spring a trap

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of spring a trap

:to capture someone or something (such as an animal or criminal) with a trap often + on
  • Police sprang a trap on the drug smugglers.

Word by Word Definitions

spring play
  1. : dart, shoot

  2. : to be resilient or elastic

  3. : to become warped

  1. : a source of supply

  2. : an ultimate source especially of action or motion

  3. : spring tide

  1. : to fit with springs

trap play
  1. : a device for taking game or other animals

  2. : something by which one is caught or stopped unawares

  3. : a football play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then is blocked from the side while the ballcarrier advances through the spot vacated by the defensive player

  1. : to catch or take in or as if in a trap : entrap

  2. : to place in a restricted position : confine

  3. : to provide or set (a place) with traps

  1. : to adorn with or as if with trappings

  1. : traprock


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