rat-trap


Related to rat-trap: rat-trap bond

rat-trap

n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a device for catching rats
2. (Mechanical Engineering) informal a type of bicycle pedal having serrated steel foot pads and a toe clip
Translations

rat-trap

[ˈrætˌtræp] ntrappola per topi
References in classic literature ?
Next you buckle your greaves on your legs, and your cuisses on your thighs; then come your backplate and your breastplate, and you begin to feel crowded; then you hitch onto the breastplate the half-petticoat of broad overlapping bands of steel which hangs down in front but is scolloped out behind so you can sit down, and isn't any real improvement on an inverted coal scuttle, either for looks or for wear, or to wipe your hands on; next you belt on your sword; then you put your stove-pipe joints onto your arms, your iron gauntlets onto your hands, your iron rat-trap onto your head, with a rag of steel web hitched onto it to hang over the back of your neck -- and there you are, snug as a candle in a candle-mould.
The bottom and sides, properly upholstered, formed a bed sufficiently soft to prevent the rolling of the ship turning this kind of cage into a rat-trap.
But above, perched each upon its own stone, tall, gray, and withered, more like dead and dried specimens than actual living creatures, sat the horrible males, absolutely motionless save for the rolling of their red eyes or an occasional snap of their rat-trap beaks as a dragon-fly went past them.
No country is so wild and difficult but men will make it a theater of war; concealed in the forest at the bottom of that military rat-trap, in which half a hundred men in possession of the exits might have starved an army to submission, lay five regiments of Federal infantry.
But an exemplary lady named Wilcocks, who had stowed away gold and silver in a pickle-pot in a clock-case, a canister-full of treasure in a hole under her stairs, and a quantity of money in an old rat-trap, revived the interest.
FIREFIGHTERS were involved in a bizarre rescue when a pigeon stuck in a rat-trap got caught in a tree.
Rat-trap cars fitted with discreet high definition surveillance cameras have already caught scores of thieves.
There is none of the tourist rat-trap hustle and bustle of cities like Florence or Rome here.
But the multiple complexities of brick bonding, from Monk to Rat-trap, are as concisely drawn by Sambrook, whose very clear work will surely be soon copied by other authors as 'after Sambrook in Curl'.
The graphic butchery is devastatingly enhanced by trembling, handheld camerawork and desperate, rat-trap cutting (Spielberg's usual brilliant collaborators, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and editor Michael Kahn, do career-best work here).
Though some of the theses presented in this book may seem far-fetched, the wealth of material assembled here opens up fascinating lines of inquiry, not least the significance of the rat-trap in Chretien's Yvain.
We are concerned it will become a through road from Wyken Croft to Sewall Highway, which would make a rat-trap morning, noon and night, which will greatly disturb our quality of life.