- a trap for mice, especially one consisting of a rectangular wooden base on which a metal spring is mounted.
- a device, machine, or the like whose structure or function suggests a trap for mice.
- a device, system, or stratagem for detecting and catching someone in an unauthorized or illegal act.
- Football. trap1(def 11).
- to trap or snare: traffic cops mousetrapping drunken drivers.
- to manipulate by devious or clever means; trick or outwit: to mousetrap the witness into a contradiction.
- Football. trap1(def 20).
- build a better mousetrap, to make or offer a superior product.
Origin of mousetrap
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It is a piece of cheese—a piece of cheese in a mousetrap, and we are the little mice.Captain Blood
I'm here, we're here, and you've just provided me with a way out of this mousetrap!Highways in Hiding
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I believe she's equal to catching one of them in a mousetrap if she gets the opportunity!The Princess of the School
Each answers what he pleases, as a saucepan, a mousetrap, etc.
When I got there I found that poor Tom was imprisoned in a mousetrap.Puss Junior and Robinson Crusoe
- any trap for catching mice, esp one with a spring-loaded metal bar that is released by the taking of the bait
- British informal cheese of indifferent quality
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Word Origin and History for mousetrap
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