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man-trap

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[man-trap]
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noun
  1. an outdoor trap set for humans, as to snare poachers or trespassers.
  2. Slang. a woman who is purported to be dangerously seductive or who schemes in her amours; femme fatale.
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Origin of man-trap

First recorded in 1765–75
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for man-trap

Historical Examples

  • Doggone it, a bachelor never has any such a man-trap around in a fellow's road.

    Chip, of the Flying U

    B. M. Bower

  • "You got me out of that man-trap of yours," Jerry continued.

  • The man-trap which he had set would not now fail through Dea's obstinacy.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • Old Fulcher had not got far into the car before he put his foot into a man-trap.

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • You might both have got ten years for fixing a man-trap, to wit, a lethal engine.

    Number Seventeen

    Louis Tracy