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rattrap

[ rat-trap ]
/ ˈrætˌtræp /
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noun

a device for catching rats.
a run-down, filthy, or dilapidated place.
a difficult, involved, or entangling situation.

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Origin of rattrap

1425–75; late Middle English. See rat, trap1
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British Dictionary definitions for rattrap

rat-trap

noun

a device for catching rats
informal a type of bicycle pedal having serrated steel foot pads and a toe clip
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