from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trap set to catch trespassers or poachers.
- n. Slang A woman considered dangerously seductive and scheming.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any device used to physically entrap humans
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A trap for catching trespassers.
- n. A dangerous place, as an open hatch, into which one may fall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spring-trap or other engine for catching trespassers and marauders.
- n. Anything, such as an open hatchway on shipboard, or an insecure building, ladder, etc., likely to become the cause of injury or death to the unwary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trap for catching trespassers
- n. a very attractive or seductive looking woman
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The room's tight security includes a biometric "mantrap" or highly sophisticated double door, secured with retinal and fingerprint scanners.
He placed a pencil between the strips and slid it along to the end, between the two jagged steel jaws of the "mantrap", which were each connected to three tiny pistons.
The answer to the acrostic is "mantrap"; the missing rhyme is "mishap."
But don't assume mantrap Brenda has the upper hand here.
Cogs whirr, wires clunk and leering unpleasantness ensues as an ex-con breaks into a house which has been rigged up as a giant mantrap.
Wright, who is best known for his low Prairie-style buildings, had a complicated relationship with tall buildings, calling one an “incongruous mantrap of monstrous dimensions.”
[Logan Note: When I broke the story about West moving to Y&R, I referred to Carly as a "nutjob" and caught hell from several outraged fans who seem to think that Carly — a hyper-neurotic, self-destructive mantrap whose history includes fraud, bigamy, theft, drugging people and purposely inducing her own early labor — is apparently rather normal!]
I wonder what she's going to feel like when she stops being a "diminutive mantrap"?
Now, Mrs Varden, regarding the Maypole as a sort of human mantrap, or decoy for husbands; viewing its proprietor, and all who aided and abetted him, in the light of so many poachers among
You never seen me in the mantrap with a married highlander, says I.