speed trap


noun

a section of a road where hidden police, radar, etc., carefully check the speed of motorists and strictly enforce traffic regulations: sometimes characterized by hard-to-see signals, hidden traffic signs, etc.

Nearby words

  1. speed of light,
  2. speed ramp,
  3. speed shop,
  4. speed skate,
  5. speed skating,
  6. speed up,
  7. speed walking,
  8. speed-dial,
  9. speed-read,
  10. speed-up

Origin of speed trap

First recorded in 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for speed trap

speed trap

noun

a section of road on which the police check the speed of vehicles, often using radar
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