tourist trap

noun

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.

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Officials said that tourists trapped there by past floods have been rescued after the waters receded. Tassanee Vejpongsa, chicagotribune.com, "Thai soccer players missing inside flooded cave: 'Where is my child?'," 26 June 2018 Authorities have said footprints and handprints were found inside the cave complex, and that tourists trapped there by past floods have been rescued after the waters receded. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, "Top Thai official says flooding complicates cave rescue," 26 June 2018 Authorities have said footprints and handprints were found inside the cave complex, and that tourists trapped there by past floods have been rescued after the waters receded. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Flooding complicates cave search for Thai soccer team," 26 June 2018 The dining room of his more casual space bears hints of a French Quarter tourist trap, with Mardi Gras beads and jester’s masks slung over a wall sconce. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Lowerline and Café Booqoo Translate Classics of New Orleans Cuisine," 28 June 2018 The highway was decommissioned in 1985, replaced by the Federal Interstate Highway System, but historians and travelers have kept its memory as well as its culture of roadside diners, neon lights and tourist traps alive. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Route 66 and 10 Other Sites That Made the 2018 “Most Endangered Historic Places” List," 26 June 2018 According to Kamolchai, tourists trapped in the cave by past floods have been rescued after the water receded a few days later. Tassanee Vejpongsa, BostonGlobe.com, "12 boys, coach missing in flooded Thailand cave," 25 June 2018 According to Kamolchai, tourists trapped in the cave by past floods have been rescued after the water receded a few days later. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Thai officials believe 12 boys missing in flooded cave are alive," 25 June 2018 According to Kamolchai, tourists trapped in the cave by past floods have been rescued after the water receded a few days later. Fox News, "Thai officials believe 12 boys missing in cave are alive," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of tourist trap

1942, in the meaning defined above

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tourist trap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tourist trap

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

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