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booby-trap

[boo-bee-trap]
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verb (used with object), boo·by-trapped, boo·by-trap·ping.
  1. to set with or as if with a booby trap; attach a booby trap to or in.
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Origin of booby-trap

First recorded in 1940–45

booby trap

noun
  1. a hidden bomb or mine so placed that it will be set off by an unsuspecting person through such means as moving an apparently harmless object.
  2. any hidden trap set for an unsuspecting person.
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Origin of booby trap

First recorded in 1840–50
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Related Words

ambush, decoy, mine, pitfall, snare, trap, deadfall, mousetrap, set-up

British Dictionary definitions for booby-trap

booby trap

noun
  1. a hidden explosive device primed in such a way as to be set off by an unsuspecting victim
  2. a trap for an unsuspecting person, esp one intended as a practical joke, such as an object balanced above a door to fall on the person who opens it
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verb booby-trap, traps, -trapping or -trapped
  1. (tr) to set a booby trap in or on (a building or object) or for (a person)
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