steel trap

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steel′ trap′

a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring-operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut.
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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
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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.
The way Conti presents herself as an everyday, unassuming character and allows her characters to hoover up the applause looks so effortless, but you can only wonder what's going on in her steel trap of a comedy mastermind while the show is in full flow.
That's no surprise," laughed Sally, "she's got a mind like a steel trap and is very quick with her answers.
Replacing the steel trap, perform corrective action to the ramps and performing small maintenance civil Bridge Old Rhine in RW 44.
No longer can Outnumbered rely on the innocent yet piercingly astute probing of Karen's steel trap mind, or Ben's excursions into wild fantasy.
A vet had to amputate one of Tim's front paws after the cat limped bacK to his Huddersfield owner with the vicious steel trap locKed on a leg.
But I learned there was nothing funny about what they had been planning for years and had sprung upon us like a steel trap.
Then they were terrified to find a baby possum caught in a steel trap, crying for help.
Since I started using this backer board with the steel trap, nothing has slipped past.