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booby trap

n.
1. An explosive device designed to be triggered when an unsuspecting victim touches or disturbs a seemingly harmless object.
2. A situation that catches one off guard; a pitfall.

boo′by-trap′ v.

booby trap

n
1. (Military) a hidden explosive device primed in such a way as to be set off by an unsuspecting victim
2. a trap for an unsuspecting person, esp one intended as a practical joke, such as an object balanced above a door to fall on the person who opens it
vb, booby-trap, -traps, -trapping or -trapped
(tr) to set a booby trap in or on (a building or object) or for (a person)

boo′by trap`


n.
1. a hidden bomb or mine that can be set off by an unsuspecting person who steps on it, touches a tripwire, or the like.
2. any hidden trap set for an unsuspecting person.
[1840–50]
boo′by-trap`, v.t. -trapped, -trap•ping.

booby trap

An explosive or nonexplosive device or other material, deliberately placed to cause casualties when an apparently harmless object is disturbed or a normally safe act is performed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.booby trap - an explosive mine hidden undergroundbooby trap - an explosive mine hidden underground; explodes when stepped on or driven over
bouncing betty - an antipersonnel land mine
claymore mine, claymore - an antipersonnel land mine whose blast is aimed at the oncoming enemy
mine - explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
2.booby trap - an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"

booby trap

noun
A source of danger or difficulty not easily foreseen and avoided:
Translations
فَخُّ، شَركٌمَصْيَدَه للُغَفَّلين
nástrahanastražená výbušnina/bomba
fældeminefælde
érintésre robbanó bombapokolgép
nástrahanástražný systém
gizli tuzaktuzak bomba

booby trap

[ˈbuːbɪˌtræp] ntrabocchetto (Mil) → congegno che esplode al contatto

booby

(ˈbuːbi) plural ˈboobies noun
1. a stupid person.
2. (slang) a woman's breast.
booby prize
a prize for the lowest score etc. John came last and got the booby prize.
ˈbooby trap noun
1. a bomb hidden in an object which explodes when it is touched.
2. a simple trap that makes you fall or makes something fall on you etc.
booby-trappast tense, past participle booby-trapped verb
to put a booby trap in an object. Don't touch that! It may be booby-trapped.
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BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of a laboratory to booby-trapping vehicles, the main headquarters of Daesh and three large warehouses of weapons by Iraqi air strikes north of Tel Afar.
As an outcome of investigations, the arrested Syrian confessed to take part along with others in securing financial and logistical support for terrorist groups in Syria, as well as booby-trapping five cars, with three of them managing to enter into Lebanon.
The National News Agency pointed to the arrest of Amoun, and said he was one of the most dangerous fugitives wanted for sending booby-trapping cars to Lebanon.
NINEWA / Aswat al-Iraq: An Iraqi Army force has discovered on Tuesday a plant for booby-trapping vehicles and manufacturing of explosive charges east of Mosul, the center of northern Iraq's Ninewa Province, an Iraqi Army source reported.
Has the world not yet become aware of Al-Qaeda's ability to manufacture bombs and recruit elements specialized in chemistry, physics and electrics, as it was seen in the recent case of the booby-trapped packages, the assassination attempt of the assistant Saudi interior minister, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, and the booby-trapping of Korans by the Khalidiya cell in Mecca in 2003?
In nine years the bomber has struck 18 times in north of Venice by booby-trapping objects - wounding and blinding several people.
Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell disputed defense claims that Ventura County sheriff's deputies illegally searched the home of Clarence Raville and his son, Bradley Raville, 45, who is charged with booby-trapping a backyard drug lab.