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lime twig

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  1. a twig smeared with birdlime to catch birds.
  2. a snare or trap.
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Origin of lime twig

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Historical Examples

  • Now I should follow him; but love has laid a lime-twig for me, and made a lame god of me.

    Dryden's Works (8 of 18): Amphitryon; King Arthur; Cleomenes; Love Triumphant

    John Dryden