steel trap


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steel′ trap′


n.
a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring-operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut.
[1725–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
keenness, sharpness, acuity, acuteness - a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"
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
References in classic literature ?
The first is like a steel trap, and the last nimbler than a buck- shot.
Fyne said very unexpectedly like a steel trap going off.
He was brown and lean and enduring, steady-eyed and pestilence-salted, and his mouth, which had once hung open, shut now like a steel trap.
The levers of his body snapped into play like the jaws of steel traps.
En route, the script adds a fresh prelude at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, which springs the detective's steel trap mind, and fleshes out bigotry and paranoia in the calm before the Second World War.
En route, the script adds a fresh prelude at the Wailing Wall in murder on the orient express (12A) HHH HH Jerusalem, which springs the detective's steel trap mind, and fleshes out bigotry and paranoia in the calm before the Second World War.
Panetta has this to say about his direct report: 'Working with Bill Clinton is a very special experience because you're dealing with somebody who's extremely bright, who's got a mind like a steel trap, gathers all the facts, doesn't forget a thing.
The steel trap replaced by a new steel trap, main carriageway combined cycle track.
But you are smart as a steel trap, and they are not the sharpest tool in shed.
He discusses general motifs and themes, characters, and aesthetic tropes of the genre; the context of torture porn in the cinematic traditions and antecedents in slasher films; Saw and its sequels; the Hostel films; the trope of the wrong turn in Captivity, The Final, Steel Trap, Chained, Turistas, the Wrong Turn series, House of 1000 Corpses, and The Devil's Rejects; and television series like 24, The Following, and Dexter.
But I learned there was nothing funny about what they had been planning for years and had sprung upon us like a steel trap.