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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rattrap

noun
1. a difficult entangling situation 
2. filthy run-down dilapidated housing 
3. a trap for catching rats 
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Be sure the box is deep enough inside so the trap jaws or the spring of a rattrap will clear the top of the box.
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