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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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