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steel trap

a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring-operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut.
Origin of steel trap
1725-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was a large and sandy Mortal with a steel-trap Jaw and a cold glittering Eye.

    People You Know George Ade
  • There he set his steel-trap, and another which he borrowed of a neighbor.

  • Natsatt's hands reached for the villain's throat, and gripped with the suddenness and intensity of a steel-trap.

  • When he grabbed the foot he moved with a sort of steel-trap efficiency and quickness.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • Can't be humbugged, and keeps a secret as a steel-trap holds a rat.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • But neither the steel-trap nor the deadfall is wholly satisfactory.

  • The steel-trap it avoids, no matter how concealed; and the cage-trap has been found “no go.”

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • If anybody could tell what's in his mind, it's Lawyer Stacy, and he's as close as a steel-trap.

    The Story Of Kennett Bayard Taylor
  • She's smarter'n a steel-trap, and might have been a lawyer herself.

  • Larry had a brain for business; as a youthful scamp in knickerbockers he had been as sharp as a steel-trap.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives

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