trap noun

1 hidden equipment used for catching sb/sth

ADJ. animal, bear, man, mouse (also mousetrap), etc. | gin, leghold, pit/pitfall | radar, speed Slow down?there are speed traps along this stretch of road.

VERB + TRAP be/get caught in | catch sth in | free sth from The fox had managed to free itself from the trap. | lay, set | bait Mousetraps are traditionally baited with cheese.

2 sth that tricks you; unpleasant situation

ADJ. hidden, obvious | potential | booby | deadly | death, debt, poverty, unemployment The overhead cable is a potential death trap for birds. | offside (in football)

VERB + TRAP lay, set | spring | lure sb into | catch sb in | be/get caught in, fall into, stumble into, walk into It is easy to fall into the trap of taking out a loan you cannot afford. | avoid | fear, suspect