for mice, especially one consisting of a rectangular wooden base on which
a metal spring is mounted.
a device, machine, or the like whose structure or function suggests a trap
a device, system, or stratagem for detecting and catching someone in an unauthorized or illegal act.
4. Football. trap1 ( def 11 )
verb (used with object), mousetrapped, mousetrapping.
Idioms 5. Informal. a.
or snare: traffic cops mousetrapping drunken drivers.
to manipulate by devious or clever means; trick or outwit: to mousetrap the witness into a contradiction.
6. Football. trap1 ( def 20 )
build a better mousetrap, to make or offer a superior product.
Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English mous trappe.