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Another word for trap

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Noun
  1. Something that leads one into a place or situation from which escape is difficult

      1. A trapping device, often consisting of a noose, used for capturing birds and small mammals.
      2. Something that lures or entangles the unwary:
      3. A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
      1. Something that tempts or attracts with the promise of pleasure or reward:
      2. An attraction or appeal:
      3. A decoy used in catching animals, especially an artificial bait used in catching fish.
      1. Food or other lure placed on a hook or in a trap and used in the taking of fish, birds, or other animals.
      2. Something, such as a worm, used for this purpose.
      3. An enticement, temptation, or provocation:
  2. A source of danger or difficulty not easily foreseen and avoided

      1. An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard:
      2. A concealed hole in the ground that serves as a trap.
      1. An explosive device designed to be triggered when an unsuspecting victim touches or disturbs a seemingly harmless object.
      2. A situation that catches one off guard; a pitfall.
    See also:

    safety

  3. An attack or stratagem for capturing or tricking an unsuspecting person

    See also:

    attack

  4. The opening in the body through which food is ingested

      1. A cat.
      2. A girl or young woman. Often used as a term of endearment.
      3. A man regarded as weak, timid, or unmanly.
      1. A small mass or lump.
      2. A large quantity:
      1. The body opening through which an animal takes in food.
      2. The cavity lying at the upper end of the digestive tract, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in humans and certain other vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth.
      3. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech.
    See also:

    mouth

Verb
  1. To gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping

      1. A woven fabric, especially one on a loom or just removed from it.
      2. The structural part of cloth.
      3. A latticed or woven structure:
      1. A shackle used to teach a horse to amble.
      2. Something that restricts activity, expression, or progress; a restraint.
      3. A vertically set fishing net of three layers, consisting of a finely meshed net between two nets of coarse mesh.
      1. To mix together or intertwine in a confused mass; snarl:
      2. To catch or ensnare in an intertwined or confused mass:
      3. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage:
      1. A trapping device, often consisting of a noose, used for capturing birds and small mammals.
      2. Something that lures or entangles the unwary:
      3. A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
      1. To catch in or as if in a trap.
      2. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation.
      3. To induce (someone) into performing an otherwise uncontemplated criminal act for the sole purpose of providing the basis for a prosecution.
      1. To entangle in or as if in a snarl:
      1. To take or catch in or as if in a snare; trap.
      1. To entangle or catch in or as if in a mesh.
      1. To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement:
      2. To take hold of, especially forcibly or suddenly; grasp:
      3. To stop (oneself) from doing an action:
    See also:

    free

Another word for trap

Noun
  1. A device to catch game or persons

      1. A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity:
      2. A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft.
      3. A strategic or tactical military or naval movement.
      1. A loop formed in a rope by means of a slipknot so that it binds tighter as the rope is pulled.
      2. A snare or trap.
      3. To capture or hold by or as if by a noose.
      1. Sightless.
      2. Having a maximal visual acuity of the better eye, after correction by refractive lenses, of one-tenth normal vision or less (20/200 or less on the Snellen test).
      3. Of, relating to, or for sightless persons.
      1. An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard:
      2. A concealed hole in the ground that serves as a trap.
      1. A natural or artificial hole or cavity in the ground.
      2. An excavation for the removal of mineral deposits; a mine.
      3. The shaft of a mine.
      1. To move upward or forward in a single quick motion or a series of such motions; leap:
      2. To move suddenly, especially because of being resilient or moved by a spring:
      3. To start doing something suddenly:
      1. A trap for large animals in which a heavy weight is arranged to fall on and kill or disable the prey.
      2. A mass of fallen timber and tangled brush.
      1. A trap for catching mice.
      2. To trap or ensnare, as by a stratagem.
      1. A trapping device, often consisting of a noose, used for capturing birds and small mammals.
      2. Something that lures or entangles the unwary:
      3. A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
      1. A dead-end street.
      2. An impasse:
      3. A saclike cavity or tube open only at one end.
      1. An openwork fabric made of threads or cords that are woven or knotted together at regular intervals.
      2. A device for capturing birds, fish, or insects.
      3. A barrier against flying insects.
    See also:

    ambush

  2. A trick

      1. A trapping device, often consisting of a noose, used for capturing birds and small mammals.
      2. Something that lures or entangles the unwary:
      3. A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
      1. A mischievous trick played on a person, especially one that causes the victim to experience embarrassment, indignity, or discomfort.
      1. A mischievous trick or practical joke.
    See also:

    trick

Verb
      1. One who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
      2. One who acts unwisely on a given occasion:
      3. One who has been tricked or made to appear ridiculous; a dupe:
      1. To keep within bounds; restrict:
      2. To shut or keep in, especially to imprison.
      3. To restrict in movement:
      1. To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement:
      2. To take hold of, especially forcibly or suddenly; grasp:
      3. To stop (oneself) from doing an action:
      1. To take or catch in or as if in a snare; trap.

Synonym Study

  • In extended senses, these words apply to any danger into which unsuspecting or unwary persons may fall, trap specifically suggesting a deliberate stratagem or ambush a speed trap, pitfall , a concealed danger, source of error, etc. the pitfalls of the law, and snare , enticement and entanglement the snares of love
  • Trap , as applied to a device for capturing animals, specif. suggests a snapping device worked by a spring, pitfall , a concealed pit with a collapsible cover, and snare , a noose which jerks tight upon the release of a trigger