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English definition of “trap”

trap

noun [C]
 
 
/træp/
CATCHING ANIMALS B2 a piece of equipment for catching animals: a mouse trapPlotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking
SITUATION B2 a dangerous or unpleasant situation that is difficult to escape from: [usually singular] Such families get caught in the poverty trap. → See also booby trapPlotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and trickingDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
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