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bear trap

noun phrase

A police radar trap for speeders

[1970s+ Citizens band; related to Smokey Bear, ''policeman'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Our bear trap was discharged, but we could not find the animal for want of a dog.

  • In Tennessee, I was told, it is a penitentiary offense to set out a bear trap.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • On our trip to-day, we found a bear trap, made of heavy logs, the lid arranged to fall when the bear entered and touched the bait.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • Not fur from where we are now, he stepped into a bear trap that was hid in the leaves, like this one.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • The first bear trap that we came to, we found a "porky" in it.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • You'd have to have bear traps to catch him, and it's no joke to set a bear trap.

    Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell
  • One of his hands was caught in a bear trap fastened to a cottonwood.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • Just at present I've got my foot in a bear trap, but I'll pull out somehow.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Uncle said it looked as though the men intended to steal the bear trap and all.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • It seems that I have poked my head into every bear trap in the kingdom.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath

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