Bear trap



bear trap

noun phrase

A police radar trap for speeders

[1970s+ Citizens band; related to Smokey Bear, ”policeman”]
Historical Examples

Our bear trap was discharged, but we could not find the animal for want of a dog.
Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2) Maria R. Audubon

In Tennessee, I was told, it is a penitentiary offense to set out a bear trap.
Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart

On our trip to-day, we found a bear trap, made of heavy logs, the lid arranged to fall when the bear entered and touched the bait.
The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty

Not fur from where we are now, he stepped into a bear trap that was hid in the leaves, like this one.
Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart

The first bear trap that we came to, we found a “porky” in it.
Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

You’d have to have bear traps to catch him, and it’s no joke to set a bear trap.
Jack the Young Trapper George Bird Grinnell

One of his hands was caught in a bear trap fastened to a cottonwood.
Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine

Just at present I’ve got my foot in a bear trap, but I’ll pull out somehow.
Peter F. Hopkinson Smith

Uncle said it looked as though the men intended to steal the bear trap and all.
Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

It seems that I have poked my head into every bear trap in the kingdom.
The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath

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