rat-trap

rattrap

[rat-trap]
noun
1.
a device for catching rats.
2.
a run-down, filthy, or dilapidated place.
3.
a difficult, involved, or entangling situation.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English. See rat, trap1

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rat-trap
 
n
1.  a device for catching rats
2.  informal a type of bicycle pedal having serrated steel foot pads and a toe clip

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