steel trap

  1. a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring-operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut.

Origin of steel trap

First recorded in 1725–35

Words Nearby steel trap Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use steel trap in a sentence

  • Mother aint much for book learnin', and Jen's as smart as a steel trap, if she is ours.

    Helen Grant's Schooldays | Amanda M. Douglas