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 There was one dining option: the dreaded tourist trap restaurant with a scenic vista. Christopher Muther,, 21 Apr. 2022 There are the big parts: plane tickets, hotel rooms, money for food and sightseeing (museum tickets, walking tours, a ride on the giant Ferris wheel tourist trap). Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2022 On the Bend Oyster Bar & Cigar Lounge With a caricature artist on the patio, an incongruent statue of Benny Hill at the entrance and one of those frozen drink stands right next to it, On the Bend could be confused for a tourist trap. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Sep. 2021 This former thriving trade crossroads is now mostly a tourist trap, so exploring the beautiful alleyways and squares but politely declining the multiple offers of a medieval lunch experience is your best bet. David Nikel, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 The wagon train stops in Branchwater, a sinful town that tempts Ezekiel into a night of debauchery; Benny discovers his favorite saloon has become a tourist trap. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 In Palermo, there are endless options for down-home Sicilian cooking, with a notable absence of the typical tourist trap restaurants that often line the main thoroughfares of popular Italian cities. Liam Hess, Vogue, 27 July 2021 Despite all the tourism signs, the Laurel Highlands are far from a tourist trap. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 27 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tourist trap

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tourist trap was in 1942

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2 May 2022

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“Tourist trap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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