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trap

noun

1 trap

A device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned.

Roget 702: cunning, craft; cunningness, craftiness etc. adj.; subtlety, artificiality; maneuvering etc. v.; temporization; circumvention.    chicane, ... show more

Roget 599: the drama, the stage, the theater, the play; film the film, movies, motion pictures, cinema, cinematography; theatricals, dramaturgy, histrionic art, buskin, sock, ... show more

Roget 272: vehicle, conveyance, carriage, caravan, van; common carrier; wagon, waggon, wain, dray, cart, lorry.    truck, tram; ... show more

Dutch: klem, val, zwanenhals
Polish: pułapka



2 trap

Drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas.

Dutch: klep, sifon

3 trap

Something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares:
— The exam was full of trap questions.

synonym: snare.

Roget 545: deception; falseness etc. 544; untruth etc. 546; imposition, imposture; fraud, deceit, guile; fraudulence, fraudulency; ... show more

4 trap

A device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters.

5 trap

The act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise.

synonyms: ambuscade, ambush, lying in wait.

Roget 530: camouflage; mimicry; hiding place; secret place, secret drawer; recess, hold, holes and corners; closet, crypt, adytum, abditory, oubliette.    ambush, ... show more

Roget 667: rocks, reefs, coral reef, sunken rocks, snags; sands, quicksands; syrt, syrtis; Goodwin sands, sandy foundation; slippery ground; breakers, shoals, ... show more

Dutch: hinderlaag, val, valstrik
Polish: zasadzka

6 trap

Informal terms for the mouth.

synonyms: cakehole, gob, hole, maw, yap.

Dutch: kwek, muil, snater, snavel, tater, wafel, waffel
Polish: dziób, gęba, jadaczka, japa, paszcza, pysk, ryj

7 trap

A light two-wheeled carriage.

8 trap

A hazard on a golf course.

synonyms: bunker, sand trap.

verb

1 trap

Place in a confining or embarrassing position:
— He was trapped in a difficult situation.

synonym: pin down.

Roget 261: close, occlude, plug; block up, stop up, fill up, bung up, cork up, button up, stuff up, shut up, dam up; blockade, ... show more

2 trap

Catch in or as if in a trap:
— The men trap foxes.

synonyms: ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel.

3 trap

Hold or catch as if in a trap.

4 trap

To hold fast or prevent from moving.

synonyms: immobilise, immobilize, pin.

Dutch: inklemmen


Moby thesaurus: Dionaea, French door, John Law, allure, allurement, ambuscade, ambush, ambushment, archway, artifice, back door, bag, bait, bait the hook, baited trap, barway, bazoo, beguile, birdlime, blind ... show more.

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