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[man-trap] /ˈmænˌtræp/
an outdoor trap set for humans, as to snare poachers or trespassers.
Slang. a woman who is purported to be dangerously seductive or who schemes in her amours; femme fatale.
Origin of man-trap
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The answer to the acrostic is “mantrap”; the missing rhyme is “mishap.”

    Marge Askinforit Barry Pain
  • The cousins were alongside in the field which this mantrap bounded.

  • Big hole down there filled up and the bridge that was just a mantrap new floored!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The old sheriff never allows any thing done outside the rules, for he's tighter than a mantrap. '

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
  • Granted the opportunity, she could easily conceive herself as dealing very vigorously with the mantrap.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for mantrap


a snare for catching people, esp trespassers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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