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I might have known that the lawyer would have had me in the trap.

If I was going into a trap it was just as well to let somebody know whom I was last seen with.

What was it—madness, a nightmare, or a trap into which he had been decoyed with fiendish artfulness?

The soft-hearted angel was caught in the trap set for her pity.

Besides, you two might like to watch how I set a trap to catch a fox.

"Well, I hadn't ought to complain about that trap," came the answer.

But he remembered that he had once before been caught and had escaped by squeezing the trap.

He dragged off the trap and its clog, and went clanking up the mountain.

Kirkwood poked his cane through the trap, repeating the address.

"My trap wasn't sprung behind the chicken-house," said Donny.

WORD ORIGIN

"contrivance for catching unawares," late Old English træppe "snare, trap," from Proto-Germanic *trap- (cf. Middle Dutch trappe "trap, snare"), related to Germanic words for "stair, step, tread" (cf. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German trappe, treppe, German Treppe "step, stair"). Probably akin to Old French trape, Spanish trampa "trap, pit, snare," but the exact relationship is uncertain. The connecting notion seems to be "that on which an animal steps." Sense of "deceitful practice, trickery" is first recorded c.1400. Sense in speed trap recorded from 1906. Slang meaning "mouth" is from 1776. Trap door "door in a floor or ceiling" (often hidden and leading to a passageway or secret place) is first attested late 14c.

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