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steel trap

noun
1.
a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring-operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut.
Origin of steel trap
1725-1735
First recorded in 1725-35
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  • The "thanks" clipped like a steel trap, and the business was completed.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • A steel trap is real firm when it lays hold and tries to be.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 6. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • “Precisely,” Mrs Fyne said very unexpectedly like a steel trap going off.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • “Precisely,” Mrs. Fyne said very unexpectedly like a steel trap going off.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • His lips were like a steel trap, and in his eyes there was a cold glitter.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • At the rustling snap, like the voice of a steel trap, I jerked my hand away.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • "Heart like a steel trap, cobber," he said, almost approvingly.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • The trouble began with a steel trap, just as it did in their father's case.

    Forest Neighbors

    William Davenport Hulbert
  • Jim came to his decision like the snapping of the jaws of a steel trap.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman

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