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Noun: trap  trap
  1. A device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
     
  2. The act of concealing yourself and lying in wait to attack by surprise
    - ambush, ambuscade [archaic], lying in wait
     
  3. Something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
    "the exam was full of trap questions";
    - snare
     
  4. Drain consisting of a U-shaped section of drainpipe that holds liquid and so prevents a return flow of sewer gas
     
  5. A device to hurl clay pigeons into the air for trapshooters
     
  6. [informal] The opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge
    - mouth, oral cavity, oral fissure, cakehole [Brit, informal], hole [informal], maw [informal], yap [N. Amer, informal], gob [Brit, informal], kisser [informal]
     
  7. A light two-wheeled carriage
     
  8. A hazard on a golf course
    - bunker, sand trap
     
  9. [US, informal] A place where illegal drugs are sold
    - crack house [informal], trap house [US, informal], drug house
Verb: trap (trapped,trapping)  trap
  1. Place in a confining or embarrassing position
    "He was trapped in a difficult situation";
    - pin down
     
  2. (hunting) catch in or as if in a trap
    "The men trap foxes";
    - entrap, snare, ensnare, trammel
     
  3. Hold or catch as if in a trap
    "The gaps between the teeth trap food particles"
     
  4. To hold fast or prevent from moving
    "The child was trapped under the fallen tree";
    - pin, immobilize, immobilise [Brit]
     
  5. [US, dialect] Sell narcotics, esp. on a street

Derived forms: trapping, trapped, traps

Type of: capture, carriage, catch, confine, coup de main, design, detain, device, drain, drainpipe, equipage, hazard, hold, mechanical device, plan, rig, rima, surprise attack, take hold, waste pipe

Part of: golf course, links course, mouth

Encyclopedia: Trap, neuter and release