- trap1 [træp] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(for animals)¦2¦(clever trick)¦3¦(bad situation)¦4 fall into/avoid the trap of doing something5 keep your trap shut6 shut your trap!7¦(vehicle)¦8¦(sport)¦9¦(dog race)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: trAppe, treppe]1.) ¦(FOR ANIMALS)¦a piece of equipment for catching animals▪ The only way to catch mice is to set a trap.▪ He stepped into a bear trap covered in snow.2.) ¦(CLEVER TRICK)¦a clever trick that is used to catch someone or to make them do or say something that they did not intend tolay/set a trap (for sb)▪ Mr Smith has walked straight into a trap laid by the Tories.fall/walk into a trap▪ Police had set a trap for hooligans at the match.3.) ¦(BAD SITUATION)¦an unpleasant or difficult situation that is difficult to escape from▪ Amanda felt that marriage was a trap.debt/unemployment etc trap▪ people caught in the unemployment trap4.) fall into/avoid the trap of doing sthto do something that seems good at the time but is not sensible or wise, or to avoid doing this▪ Don't fall into the trap of investing all your money in one place.5.) keep your trap shutspoken a rude way of telling someone to not say anything about things that are secret▪ Just keep your trap shut.6.) shut your trap!spoken a rude way of telling someone to stop talking7.) ¦(VEHICLE)¦a vehicle with two wheels, pulled by a horse8.) ¦(SPORT)¦AmE ↑sandtrapBritish Equivalent: bunker9.) ¦(DOG RACE)¦a special gate from which a ↑greyhound is set free at the beginning of a race→↑booby trap, ↑death trap,poverty trap at ↑poverty, ↑speed trap, ↑tourist traptrap 2trap2 S3 past tense and past participle trapped present participle trappingv [T]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(in a dangerous place)¦2¦(in a bad situation)¦3¦(animal)¦4¦(catch somebody)¦5¦(trick)¦6¦(crush)¦7¦(gas/water etc)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(IN A DANGEROUS PLACE)¦ [usually passive]to prevent someone from escaping from somewhere, especially a dangerous place▪ Twenty miners were trapped underground.▪ Dozens of people were trapped in the rubble when the building collapsed.▪ There's no way out! We're trapped!2.) ¦(IN A BAD SITUATION)¦be/feel trappedto be in a bad situation from which you cannot escapebe/feel trapped in▪ Julia felt trapped in her role of wife and mother.3.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦to catch an animal or bird using a trap4.) ¦(CATCH SOMEBODY)¦to catch someone by forcing them into a place from which they cannot escape▪ The police trapped the terrorists at a roadblock.5.) ¦(TRICK)¦to trick someone so that you make them do or say something that they did not intend totrap sb into (doing) sth▪ I was trapped into signing a confession.6.) ¦(CRUSH)¦BrE to get a part of your body crushed between two objectsAmerican Equivalent: pinch▪ Mind you don't trap your fingers in the door.▪ pain from a trapped nerve7.) ¦(GAS/WATER ETC)¦to prevent something such as gas or water from getting away▪ solar panels that trap the sun's heat
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.