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tr.v. en·trapped, en·trap·ping, en·traps
1. To catch in or as if in a trap.
a. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. See Synonyms at catch.
b. Law To induce (someone) into performing an otherwise uncontemplated criminal act for the sole purpose of providing the basis for a prosecution.
[French entraper, from Old French : en-, in; see en-1 + trape, trap (of Germanic origin).]
(Law) the luring, by a police officer, of a person into committing a crime so that he may be prosecuted for it
- About as much chance of escape as a log that is being drawn slowly toward a buzz saw —Arthur Train
- Captured like water in oil —John Updike
- Caught in [as a war] like meat in a sandwich —Robert MacNeil, Public Television broadcast, December, 1986
- Caught like a forest in a blazing fire —Delmore Schwartz
- (What wouldn’t I give to see old Cy Lambert) caught like a monkey with his fist in the bottle —Louis Auchincloss
- (The feeling came over her that she was) caught like a mouse in the trap of life —Ellen Glasgow
- (I went to the war; got) clapped down like a bedbug —Clifford Odets
- [Group of people] closed in upon her, like dogs on a fox —Jean Stafford
- [Four walls of room] close in upon you like the sides of a coffin —O. Henry
- [Many people at a party] engulfed him like an avalanche —Robert Silverberg
- Feel like … a shabby blackbird baked alive in a piecrust —George Garrett
- Felt like a muskrat trapped in a weir —Sterling Hayden
- Felt like a worm on a hook —Shelby Hearon
- Gripped him like an empty belly —Cutcliffe Hyne
- Held fast by circumstances as by invisible wires of steel —Ellen Glasgow
- It [emotional trap] held him as with the grip of sharp murderous steel —Henry James
- My heart chokes in me like a prison —Anzia Yezierska
Another example of a simile used to launch a work of fiction, in this case a short story entitled Wings.
- Pinned to … like a butterfly to a cork —F. van Wyck Mason
The butterfly image as used by Margaret Millar: “As easily trapped as a butterfly.”
- Struggling and captive like a newborn infant —Julia O’Faolain
- Stuck with them [undesirable companions] like falling into a barrel of blackstrap molasses —Elizabeth Spencer
- Thrashed about … like a whale trying to pull free from a harpoon —William H. Hallhan
- Trapped like a fish between two cats —Spanish proverb
- Trapped like a peasant between two lawyers —Anon
- Trapped [in traffic] like a fly in a spider’s web —Donald Seaman
- Felt trapped … like a man in a cage with a sick bear and his keeper —Ross Macdonald
- Trapped like a rabbit on a country road —Beryl Bainbridge
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|Noun||1.||entrapment - a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials|
demurrer, denial, defence, defense - a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"