Definition of spring a trap in English:

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spring a trap

1Cause a trap for catching animals to close suddenly.
Example sentences
  • Silverspot springs a trap by dropping rocks on it.
1.1Trick someone into doing something: she decided to spring the trap after noticing that her husband was behaving erratically
More example sentences
  • I believe she is about to spring a trap.
  • Halfway through, he sprang a trap on the Muslim leadership.
  • He waited until the Nation piece to spring a trap.
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