from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place, such as a shop or resort area, that offers overpriced goods and services to tourists.

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  • n. An establishment, such as a shop or display, where tourists are encouraged to spend money on goods or services not necessarily of good value.


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  • WORD: tourist trap


    ' The cave was Sacred Miracle Cave, a tourist trap just south of Shepherdstown, which Dwayne owned in partnership with Lyle and Kyle. It was the sole source of income for Lyle and Kyle, who lived in identical yellow ranch houses on either side of the gift shop which sheltered the entrance to the cave.

    ' All over the State, nailed to trees and fence posts, were arrow-shaped signs, which pointed in the direction of the cave and said how far away it was . . . '

    1973 KURT VONNEGUT, JR. Breakfast of Champions, or, Goodbye Blue Monday. Chapter 13 (page 113).

    September 18, 2013