from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trap for catching rats; also, something resembling or suggesting such a trap.
  • n. A rat-trap pedal.


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  • Now to someone unfamiliar with the spatially-challenged nature of New York City geography, the comparison of a couple of blocks and a couple of miles might seem like just a bit too much but remember this: two blocks is all it takes to turn a Williamsburg loft into an East Williamsburg rat-trap.

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  • Secrets intact I skip out the door into my rat-trap conveyance and with lights blinking red all around me roar off.

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  • The foremost was naked to the waist, with braided hair hanging to his belt, and what looked like a tail of coonskin round his brows; the face beneath it was a nightmare of hooked nose and rat-trap mouth crossed by stripes of yellow paint.


  • It was a strong face, but mean; even the rat-trap mouth had an odd lift at one side which, with the ever-shifting eyes, made it look as though he knew some secret joke about you.


  • But the rat-trap mouth was still the same, and that unwinking half-blue half-brown eye boring into me.


  • Hence, on their view, necessarily (that is, in every possible world in which it exists), a rat-brained creature, say, caught in a rat-trap will experience, well, whatever it's like to be a rat caught in a rat-trap.

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  • And these houses are right next to the rat-trap shacks and trailers the line-workers live in; Marie Antoinette drives right past the peasants, here in Arkansas, in her shiny red Beamer.

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  • My son was absolutely freaked out by the scene in Ratatouille where Remy's dad takes him to the gruesome window of a rat-trap shop.

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  • My apartment in Manhattan was a rat-trap, literally; hers in Cobble Hill, delightful.

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  • How did he end up in a rat-trap motel with a pregnant eighteen

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