- 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
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Examples from the Web for mantrap
The answer to the acrostic is “mantrap”; the missing rhyme is “mishap.”Marge Askinforit
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
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
- a snare for catching people, esp trespassers
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