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trap

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1 a device or scheme for capturing another by surprise
  • Undercover agents devised a trap to catch the counterfeiters.
  • a bear trap
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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
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3 something that catches and holds
  • The promotion is really just a trap to keep her from taking a new job elsewhere.
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trap

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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
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2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • Tim finally trapped the annoying fly in the palm of his hand.
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take hold (of)

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Synonym Discussion of trap

catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding.
    • caught the dog as it ran by
capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty.
    • capture an enemy stronghold
trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing.
    • trap animals
    • snared butterflies with a net
entrap and ensnare more often are figurative.
    • entrapped the witness with a trick question
    • a sting operation that ensnared burglars
bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey.
    • bagged a brace of pheasants


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