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steel trap

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

First recorded in 1725–35
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • There he set his steel-trap, and another which he borrowed of a neighbor.

    Harper's Young People, September 28, 1880


  • Can't be humbugged, and keeps a secret as a steel-trap holds a rat.


    Henry Morford

  • The steel-trap it avoids, no matter how concealed; and the cage-trap has been found “no go.”

  • She's smarter'n a steel-trap, and might have been a lawyer herself.

  • I at least admire her audacity and her steel-trap quickness of mind.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer