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English definition of “trap”

trap

noun (STH THAT PREVENTS ESCAPE)    /træp/
B2 [C] a device or hole for catching animals or people and preventing their escape: The fox got its foot caught in a trap.Hunting B2 [S] a dangerous or unpleasant situation which you have got into and from which it is difficult or impossible to escape: The undercover agents went to the rendezvous knowing that it might be a trap. She's too clever to fall into the trap of doing any unpaid work.Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking
(Definition of trap noun (STH THAT PREVENTS ESCAPE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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