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steel trap

a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring-operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut.
Origin of steel trap
First recorded in 1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He used to be the jolliest old cock in college, and bright and quick as a steel trap.

    Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
  • Jim came to his decision like the snapping of the jaws of a steel trap.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman Albert Walter Tolman
  • She rose, to face her first chancea thin, severe woman with a mouth like a steel trap.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Oh, I've got a snap, as the bear said when he stepped into the steel trap.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • Now, sluggish and slow though a porky may be, there is one of his members that is as quick as a steel trap, and that is his tail.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • The "thanks" clipped like a steel trap, and the business was completed.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The steel trap is more generally relied upon to bag the sly mink and his capture with dog and gun is oft-times very unproductive.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
  • “Precisely,” Mrs Fyne said very unexpectedly like a steel trap going off.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • A wild animal caught in a steel trap vents its wrath upon the bushes and sticks and trees and rocks within its reach.

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