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sand trap

(on a golf course) a shallow pit partly filled with sand, usually located near a green, and designed to serve as a hazard.
Origin of sand trap
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Limned against the starlight were the wings of a plane, still standing where it had landed beside the sand-trap.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • Chris reeled back, teetered on the edge of nothingness, then went tumbling crazily down into the sand-trap behind.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
  • The heavy particles of dirt settle into what is termed a "sand-trap" at the bottom of the tub.

    A Book of Exposition Homer Heath Nugent
  • He shoved with his right leg and clawed at the bank of the sand-trap.

    Raiders Invisible Desmond Winter Hall
British Dictionary definitions for sand-trap

sand trap

another name (esp US) for bunker (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sand-trap

1838, "device for filtering out impurities," from sand (n.) + trap (n.). As "a golf bunker" from 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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