American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Very quick and keen; trenchant: a steel-trap intellect.
“Rather, they all have steel-trap minds like Truman Capote when he wrote In Cold Blood.”
“If I and her other teachers had never seen her steel-trap memory in action, or witnessed the look of total absorption I glimpsed in the car that day, that was undoubtedly because we hadn't taken enough time or shown enough interest so that she felt sufficiently safe to reveal who she was and what mattered to her.”
“Maybe you can at least employ your steel-trap mind to helping to figure out where the Mystery Hospital in Ried's Bill is located.”
“It now does McChrystal little good that news media have trumpeted everything from his Spartan personal habits (scarcely eats or sleeps) to his physical stamina (runs a lot) to his steel-trap alloy of military smarts and scholarship (reads history).”
“While we strive for eidetic memory and that steel-trap noggin, let's not forget that the systematic purging and erasure of the unnecessary make room for the novel: the memory 2.0 version, if you will.”
“It is like reading the expressions of steel-trap closed minds who somehow created a symbol they call Hillary, but the loyalty is to the symbol, not to the actual person of Hillary.”
“Yet Fields, whos claims he never lost a case in his life and has a steel-trap mind, told Auletta that "I'm not sure I read it.”
“Fresh off his fourth place finish, somehow pimped as a "win" in the Iowa caucuses, St. John McCain displays his steel-trap grasp on what the American people really want in a president:”
“The people I know who have made a success in this business have varying degrees of skill, technique, and repertoire mastery — what they all have in common is steel-trap musicianship.”
“But somehow Rita had the notion firmly welded into her steel-trap brain that Paris was the capital of sophisticated romance, and the idea would not come out without major surgery.”
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