- 1A device or enclosure designed to catch and retain animals, typically by allowing entry but not exit or by catching hold of a part of the body.More example sentences
- All of us must have seen pictures of animals caught in traps, a horrible slow painful death.
- She had her hands over her mouth, and her eyes looked like an animal caught in a trap, bleeding its life away.
- It would also ban the use of snares and traps to catch wild animals.
- 1.1A curve in the waste pipe from a bathtub, sink, or toilet that is always full of liquid and prevents gases from coming up the pipe into the building.More example sentences
- Close the water valves and disconnect the water lines just above the valves and the drain piping at the trap.
- If some such object is presently lodged in your toilet trap, it may be necessary to detach the bowl from the floor.
- For the first time, I've experienced a most unwelcome intrusion into the most sacred of personal spaces - the toilet trap.
- 1.2 [with modifier] A container or device used to collect a specified thing: one fuel filter and water trap are sufficient on the fuel systemMore example sentences
- Stacking this way also avoids creating a water trap, or gutter, between the bales, which can lead to water entering the bales between the film layers over an extended time.
- Pitchers are pitfall traps containing enzymes that digest insects and small animals.
- They contend this might protect them from flood waters from the Burren, but would act as a water trap for flood waters coming off the Mourne Mountains.
- 1.3A bunker or other hollow on a golf course.More example sentences
- It can maintain the shape of sand traps and bunkers as well as quickly create flower beds and tree rings in other parts of the landscape.
- How many of you playing out of a sand trap at a local golf course have considered which beach the sand originated from?
- He kept Europe ahead at the ninth with a sensational bunker shot from an awkward lie in a greenside trap, followed by a successful putt.
- 1.4The compartment from which a greyhound is released at the start of a race.More example sentences
- Tyrone came racing out of the traps like well-trained greyhounds hungry for the only prize that mattered.
- But it's like, he's scarcely out of the traps when the race is over, if you know what I mean.
- Saturday morning traffic, cars stalled like greyhounds waiting for the traps to open.
- 2A situation in which people lie in wait to make a surprise attack: police deliberately herded 400 demonstrators into a trap and then attacked and arrested themMore example sentences
- Much influenced by the battle of Cannae, he dwelt on the need for the left wing to fall back before the French, drawing them deeper into the trap.
- Over a career involving many dozens of battles, sieges, and skirmishes, Cromwell was beaten once: at Clonmel in May 1650, when he walked into a trap laid by Hugh O'Neill.
- As we said, the American soldier is qualified to perform cinematic roles only and the enemy will lose his heaviest casualties in these traps.
- 2.1An unpleasant situation from which it is hard to escape: they fell into the trap of relying too little on equity financingMore example sentences
- The call for women to start families earlier fell into the trap of ignoring the social and economic realities forcing many women to put off childbirth, they said.
- But he too fell into the trap of name-calling and distortion when he derided ‘populism of the left that rejects globalisation’.
- By far one of the most thought provoking reads I've had in a long time. I fell into the trap of buying the movie not 10 minutes after putting it down.
- 2.2A trick by which someone is misled into acting contrary to their interests or intentions: by keeping quiet I was walking into a trapMore example sentences
- I suspect Bush may be walking into a trap in considering retaliation.
- This is a trap, a trick, something sneaky to test me.
- I felt he was so used to being dismissed that he found my compliments false, a trick, a trap, a delusion.
- 3A device for hurling an object such as a clay pigeon into the air to be shot at.More example sentences
- We had to load the clay pigeons into the traps.
- Now Bill wasn't too good on his feet but he was a very keen clay pigeon shooter and kept his old hammer gun hidden in his cabin along with a clay pigeon trap which he handed to his friend.
- I noticed the first little clump of snowdrops, by an old beech tree, as I was setting up my clay pigeon trap on the top of a steep bank.
- 4chiefly • historical A light, two-wheeled carriage pulled by a horse or pony.More example sentences
- From his window he could see the Pyramids, but all he wanted to see was a photograph of Tommy, the pony which pulled the trap for the two of them on their last ride together.
- All these animals were pets apart from the two work horses which pulled the trap to town to take my father to work in the family business.
- Got a bottle of milk & a man, horse & trap to pull us through the Waitaho river which is about a mile from the house.
- 5 short for trapdoor.
- 6 • informal A person’s mouth (used in expressions to do with speaking): keep your trap shut!More example sentences
- I kept my trap shut while he was foul mouthing my bosses and I just laughed along.
- They landed in her cleavage, and when she looked up at me to complain, she must have seen the look of a cold-blooded murderer in my eyes because she shut her trap real quick.
- This doctor should mind her own business, shut her trap and get a life.
- 7 (usually traps) • informal Percussion instruments, typically in a jazz band.More example sentences
- And, placed with care, the balance between cymbals and traps was perfect.
- Before you've even taken it all in, the traps and hi-hats have locked right in, as well as a deeper, grittier guitar snarl.
- The drum room boasts a percussion-friendly low-mid frequency boost that's tunable with movable traps.
verb (traps, trapping, trapped)[with object] Back to top
- 1Catch (an animal) in a trap.More example sentences
- Once he dreamed he was trying to trap foxes but kept catching Dalmatians.
- The second panel describes how coastal tribes came on seasonal trips for food, trapping birds and catching eels.
- Russell, a fifth generation sheep farmer, has trapped wild dogs most of his life and has come out of retirement to help control the explosion in the wild dog population.
- 1.1Prevent (someone) from escaping from a place: twenty workers were trapped by flamesMore example sentences
- Pictorially, for Louis de Roncherolles there is no escape; he is trapped for perpetuity within a closed circle of mourning and death.
- The hopelessness and lack of escape traps the young girl in a never-ending cycle of exploitation.
- The checkpoint opens and closes randomly, trapping students and workers on the wrong side after a day at work or school, preventing them from returning home.
- 1.2Have (something, typically a part of the body) held tightly by something so that it cannot move or be freed: he had trapped his finger in a spring-loaded hingeMore example sentences
- His body is trapped permanently in a glacier beneath the mountain that took him.
- Her whole body is totally trapped - if she moves at all, her bones break.
- She also realised most of her body was trapped, and this made Victoria scared.
- 1.3Induce (someone), by means of trickery or deception, to do something they would not otherwise want to do: I hoped to trap him into an admissionMore example sentences
- The trick is trapping someone into thinking it the problem has to be dealt with in polar opposites.
- They liked seeing if they could trick and trap her.
- She was trapped by her sister, Carol, who tricked her into confessing her secret and used a hidden tape recorder to record her words.
- 1.4 Baseball & Football Catch (the ball) after it has briefly touched the ground.More example sentences
- Philadelphia players streamed from the dugout, insisting Ruble had trapped the ball.
- Then Manny Mota hits a fly ball to Greg Luzinski who tries to catch it but the umps claim he trapped it against the wall.
- 1.5 Soccer Bring (the ball) under control with the feet or other part of the body on receiving it.More example sentences
- Because there is no doubt about his ability, as evidenced by the superb piece of skill he showed when trapping a through ball in the first half before jinking his way past three players to work an opening.
- Forlan traps the ball on the left-hand side of the box and volleys it first time through a crowded area and to the left of a diving Sylva.
- After 13 minutes a long punt up field by Worns found Kevin Kuranyi who trapped the ball with his chest, turned but fired wide from the edge of the box.
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- Like the designs on Iatmul lime containers or the interweaving patterns of Celtic knot work, kinship diagrams and uli, as both physical images and analytical concepts, exert a difficult trap-like influence.
- It opened its mouth hungrily, showing its trap-like jaw once again while it salivated onto the floor.
- As fish swim by, the angelshark bursts up and surprises the prey, catching it in its trap-like jaws.
Old English træppe (in coltetræppe 'Christ's thorn'); related to Middle Dutch trappe and medieval Latin trappa, of uncertain origin. The verb dates from late Middle English.
- Basalt or a similar dark, fine-grained igneous rock.More example sentences
- This mineral may have been derived from the mafic traprock.
late 18th century: from Swedish trapp, from trappa 'stair' (because of the often stairlike appearance of its outcroppings).