Meaning of “booby trap” in the English Dictionary

"booby trap" in British English

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booby trapnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbuː.bi ˌtræp/ us /ˈbuː.bi ˌtræp/

something dangerous, especially a bomb, that is hidden inside somewhere that looks safe:

The bodyguard was killed while checking the president's car for booby traps.
They put a bucket of water on top of his door as a booby trap.
booby-trap
verb [ T ] us uk /ˈbuː.bi.træp/

The police discovered that the car was booby-trapped.

(Definition of “booby trap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"booby trap" in American English

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booby trapnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbu·biˌtræp/

a hidden weapon that explodes when moved or touched

booby-trap
verb [ T ] us /ˈbu·biˌtræp/ -pp-

Don’t open the door – it may be booby-trapped.

(Definition of “booby trap” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)