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  1. A machine or other device designed to catch (and sometimes kill) animals, either by holding them in a container, or by catching hold of part of the body.
I put down some traps in my apartment to try and deal with the mouse problem.
  1. A trick or arrangement designed to catch someone in a more general sense.
Unfortunately she fell into the of confusing biology with destiny.
  1. A covering over a hole or opening; a trapdoor.
Close the , would you, before someone falls and breaks their neck.
  1. A wooden instrument shaped somewhat like a shoe, used in the game of trapball; the game of trapball itself.
  2. Any device used to hold and suddenly release an object.
They shot out of the school gates like greyhounds out of the .
  1. A bend, sag, or other device in a waste-pipe arranged so that the liquid contents form a seal which prevents the escape of noxious gases, but permits the flow of liquids.
  2. A place in a water pipe, pump, etc., where air accumulates for want of an outlet.
  3. (historical) A light two-wheeled carriage with springs.
Have James prepare the " I wish to visit the parson.
  1. A kind of movable stepladder.
  2. (slang) A persons' mouth.
To ask a person not to reveal any information
Keep your trap shut.
  1. (plural) belongings
    • 1870, w:Mark Twain, Mark Twain, Running for Governor,
      ...his cabin-mates in Montana losing small valuables from time to time, until at last, these things having been invariably found on Mr. Twain's person or in his "trunk" (newspaper he rolled his traps in)...
      1. (slang, pejorative) A transvestite, a man that one engages in a relationship with, believing him to be a woman.
      I saw your brother asking a out last night at the bar!
    verb (trapp, ing)
    1. (transitive) To catch in a trap or traps; as, to trap foxes.
    2. (transitive) To ensnare; to take by stratagem; to entrap.
    3. (transitive) To provide with a trap; as, to trap a drain; to trap a sewer pipe.
    4. (intransitive) To set traps for game; to make a business of trapping game; as, to trap for beaver.
    5. (intransitive) To leave suddenly, to flee.
      1. Of or pertaining to trap rock; as, a trap dike.

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