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Be very quick to understand something, as in Aunt Ida may be old, but she still has a mind like a steel trap. This simile likens the snapping shut of an animal trap to a quick mental grasp.

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What does have a mind like a steel trap mean?

To have a mind like a steel trap is to understand things very quickly or to be a quick learner, as in Because Tia has a mind like a steel trap, she quickly grasps new concepts. 

Sometimes, this phrase also means to have a good memory, as in Santiago never forgets anyone’s birthday because he has a mind like a steel trap.

Generally the phrase have a mind like a steel trap is more common in informal speech and writing.

Example: Even at ninety years old, my grandfather has a mind like a steel trap.

Where does have a mind like a steel trap come from?

The phrase have a mind like a steel trap has been used since at least 1916. Variations of the phrase have been used since around 1872.

The steel trap in the phrase refers to a trap with a steel jaw and sharp teeth  used to catch animals, such as bears and raccoons. Have a mind like a steel trap compares a person’s mind to a steel trap, which is designed to close or clamp very quickly so that the animal doesn’t escape.

When have a mind like a steel trap refers to a person having a good memory, the phrase compares a strong memory to a steel trap clamping down on an animal and never letting go of it.

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How is have a mind like a steel trap used in real life?

Have a mind like a steel trap is a phrase used to describe someone as being a quick learner or having a good memory.

 

 

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Which of the following words is most likely to describe a person who has a mind like a steel trap?

A. stubborn
B. smart
C. ignorant
D. dense

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