- to set with or as if with a booby trap; attach a booby trap to or in.
Origin of booby-trap
First recorded in 1940–45
- a hidden bomb or mine so placed that it will be set off by an unsuspecting person through such means as moving an apparently harmless object.
- any hidden trap set for an unsuspecting person.
Origin of booby trap
First recorded in 1840–50
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- a hidden explosive device primed in such a way as to be set off by an unsuspecting victim
- a trap for an unsuspecting person, esp one intended as a practical joke, such as an object balanced above a door to fall on the person who opens it
- (tr) to set a booby trap in or on (a building or object) or for (a person)
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