trap - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a piece of equipment used for catching animals
    set/lay a trap (=make it ready to be used):

    We set traps in the attic for the mice.

  2. 2
    a bad or unpleasant situation that is difficult to change or escape from
    caught in a trap (of something):

    He was caught in a trap of poverty.

  3. 3
    a trick that is designed to catch someone or to make them do or say something that they did not want to do or say

    The platoon was lured into a trap by guerrilla soldiers.

    We didn’t know that we were walking straight into a trap.

  4. 4
    a mistake or problem that you should try to avoid
    fall into the trap of (doing) something:

    I fell into the trap of putting work before family.