tourist trap


Definition of tourist trap

: a place that attracts and exploits tourists

Examples of tourist trap in a Sentence

The street market is a tourist trap that mostly sells cheap souvenirs. That hotel is just a tourist trap.
Recent Examples on the Web Those knowledgeable enough to avoid such tourist traps went farther east, to Tudor City, a residential skyscraper complex at 42nd street and 2nd Avenue. The Economist, "Daily chart Where is the best place to view Manhattanhenge?," 28 May 2020 No mere aging tourist trap, the Gardens has joined the ranks of those on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Paul Abercrombie, Washington Post, "St. Petersburg, Fla.," 12 Feb. 2020 The homes have also become a bit of a tourist trap — one that police are requesting visitors to stay away from for their safety. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "These beachfront homes have transformed into stunning ice palaces," 3 Mar. 2020 Just a few minutes’ walk from the flashing billboards and marquees of New York’s Times Square, the tourist traps give way to a different kind of sparkle and hustle. Time, "'This Is What Most People Go Through Here on the Block.' The Jewelers of the Diamond District on What's Real and What's Fiction in Uncut Gems," 8 Jan. 2020 In another, a Luting reservation is established, but public interest in Luting heritage quickly turns the site into a tourist trap. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Hong Kong’s Protest Movement and the Fight for the City’s Soul," 9 Dec. 2019 These touches make craft breweries feel like home, and also attract out-of-towners looking for local flavor and not a tourist trap. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "He spilled beer on her on their second date. Now they run a popular Michigan brewery.," 2 Nov. 2019 Alternatively, there’s the 41,000-tonne USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship currently deployed in the U.S. Navy’s Fifth-Fleet area, which takes in such tourist traps as the Strait of Hormuz and the waters off Yemen and the Horn of Africa. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Big Energy Has a Whole Other Climate Change to Worry About," 21 Mar. 2019 Their likeness can be found on a specialty license plate, as stuffed animals in tourist traps, and, inexplicably, in a Jimmy Buffett song about aging. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "In first 8 months of year, manatee death toll surpasses 2017," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of tourist trap

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Tourist trap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tourist trap

disapproving : a place that attracts many tourists and that charges high prices

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