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a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring-operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut.
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|Noun||1.||steel trap - an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps); "he's as sharp as a steel trap"; "a mind like a steel trap"|
|2.||steel trap - a trap made of steel with a strong spring and sharp toothlike projections to hold the prey|
trap - a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned