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tourist trap definition


  1. n.
    a place set up to lure tourists in to spend money. (Can be a shop, a town, or a whole country.) : It looked like a tourist trap, so we didn't even stop the car.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
They've done their damnedest to turn it into a tourist trap, but the place
  completely transcends all such efforts.
It was a miniature tourist trap and he said of it in the best romantic
  tradition of appreciating sublime architecture.
Sometimes a thin line separates the tourist trap from the packed-but-worthwhile
  destination.
Then again, it's mostly a tourist trap, so maybe management feels that they
  don't need to put much emphasis on it.
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