a trap for mice, especially one consisting of a rectangular wooden base on which a metal spring is mounted.
a device, machine, or the like whose structure or function suggests a trap for mice.
a device, system, or stratagem for detecting and catching someone in an unauthorized or illegal act.
Football. trap1 (def 11).
to trap or snare:
traffic cops mousetrapping drunken drivers.
to manipulate by devious or clever means; trick or outwit:
to mousetrap the witness into a contradiction.
Football. trap1 (def 20).
build a better mousetrap, to make or offer a superior product.
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any trap for catching mice, esp one with a spring-loaded metal bar that is released by the taking of the bait
(Brit, informal) cheese of indifferent quality
build a collar
build a fire under someone
a process for reducing armaments, especially the number of nuclear weapons held by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., by eliminating several older weapons for each new one that is deployed. Historical Examples The Renaissance of the Vocal Art Edmund Myer Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O Various Reduce, diminish, as in Owing to increased […]
to construct (especially something complex) by assembling and joining parts or materials: to build a house. to establish, increase, or strengthen (often followed by up): to build a business; to build up one’s hopes. to mold, form, or create: to build boys into men. to base; found: a relationship built on trust. Games. to make […]