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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a trap for catching wild animals. It consists of two iron jaws, which close by means of a powerful steel spring when the animal disturbs the catch, or tongue, by which they are kept open.

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  • n. an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps)
  • n. a trap made of steel with a strong spring and sharp toothlike projections to hold the prey

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