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trap

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of trap

  1. 1 a device or scheme for capturing another by surprise undercover agents devised a trap to catch the counterfeiters a bear trap Synonyms ambush, net, snare, web Related Words enmeshment, entanglement, entrapment, envelopment; booby trap, catch, hazard, land mine, pitfall, snag; artifice, cheat, cheating, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, ploy, ruse, subterfuge, trick

  2. 2 a setup in which hidden attackers lie in wait an overland route to the Far East that was once notorious for the many robbers who laid traps for unsuspecting wayfarers Synonyms ambuscade, ambushment, surprise (also surpize), ambushRelated Words assault, attack, charge, sally; capture, entrapment, mousetrap, snare; hunting, stalking

  3. 3 something that catches and holds the promotion is really just a trap to keep her from taking a new job elsewhere Synonyms entanglement, mesh(es), morass, net, noose, quagmire, quicksand, snare, tanglement, toil(s), webRelated Words knot, snarl, tangle; cat's cradle, labyrinth, maze; cobweb, spiderweb

  4. 4 slang  the opening through which food passes into the body of an animal shut your trap before someone belts you one! Synonyms chops, gob [chiefly British], kisser [slang], mug, piehole [slang], mouth [slang], yap [slang]Related Words countenance, face, puss [slang], visage; muzzle; jaws, mandible, maxilla; gullet, maw


trap

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of trap

  1. 1 to catch or hold as if in a net an ambitious young man who was now trapped in a series of shady business deals Synonyms catch up, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entoil, entrap, mesh, net, snare, tangle, entangleRelated Words bag, birdlime, capture, collar; embroil, implicate, involve, mireNear Antonyms detach, disengage, extricate; clear, free, liberateAntonyms disentangle, untangle

  2. 2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly finally trapped the annoying fly in the palm of his hand Synonyms bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, catchRelated Words glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off)Near Antonyms discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhandAntonyms miss


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