[ mous-trap ]
/ ˈmaʊsˌtræp /


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).

verb (used with object), mouse·trapped, mouse·trap·ping.

  1. to trap or snare: traffic cops mousetrapping drunken drivers.
  2. to manipulate by devious or clever means; trick or outwit: to mousetrap the witness into a contradiction.
Football. trap1(def 20).

Idioms for mousetrap

    build a better mousetrap, to make or offer a superior product.

Origin of mousetrap

First recorded in 1400–50, mousetrap is from the late Middle English word mous trappe. See mouse, trap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mousetrap

/ (ˈmaʊsˌtræp) /


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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