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a thing designed to catch the unwary, in particular. an apparently harmless object containing a concealed explosive device designed to kill or injure anyone who touches it:miles of mines, booby traps, and underground fortifications a trap intended as a practical joke, such as an object placed on top of a door ajar ready to fall on the next person to pass through.
verb (booby-trap) [with object]
place a booby trap in or on (an object or area): (as adjective booby-trapped)the area was heavily mined and booby-trapped