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booby trap

n.
1. An explosive device designed to be triggered when an unsuspecting victim touches or disturbs a seemingly harmless object.
2. A situation that catches one off guard; a pitfall.

boo′by-trap′ v.
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booby trap

n
1. (Military) a hidden explosive device primed in such a way as to be set off by an unsuspecting victim
2. a trap for an unsuspecting person, esp one intended as a practical joke, such as an object balanced above a door to fall on the person who opens it
vb, booby-trap, -traps, -trapping or -trapped
(tr) to set a booby trap in or on (a building or object) or for (a person)
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boo′by trap`


n.
1. a hidden bomb or mine that can be set off by an unsuspecting person who steps on it, touches a tripwire, or the like.
2. any hidden trap set for an unsuspecting person.
[1840–50]
boo′by-trap`, v.t. -trapped, -trap•ping.
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booby trap

An explosive or nonexplosive device or other material, deliberately placed to cause casualties when an apparently harmless object is disturbed or a normally safe act is performed.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.booby trap - an explosive mine hidden undergroundbooby trap - an explosive mine hidden underground; explodes when stepped on or driven over
bouncing betty - an antipersonnel land mine
claymore mine, claymore - an antipersonnel land mine whose blast is aimed at the oncoming enemy
mine - explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
2.booby trap - an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
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booby trap

noun
A source of danger or difficulty not easily foreseen and avoided:
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Translations
فَخُّ، شَركٌمَصْيَدَه للُغَفَّلين
nástrahanastražená výbušnina/bomba
fældeminefælde
érintésre robbanó bombapokolgép
nástrahanástražný systém
gizli tuzaktuzak bomba

booby trap

[ˈbuːbɪˌtræp] ntrabocchetto (Mil) → congegno che esplode al contatto
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

booby

(ˈbuːbi) plural ˈboobies noun
1. a stupid person.
2. (slang) a woman's breast.
booby prize
a prize for the lowest score etc. John came last and got the booby prize.
ˈbooby trap noun
1. a bomb hidden in an object which explodes when it is touched.
2. a simple trap that makes you fall or makes something fall on you etc.
booby-trappast tense, past participle booby-trapped verb
to put a booby trap in an object. Don't touch that! It may be booby-trapped.
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THE New IRA has claimed responsibility for a boobytrap bomb found under a senior PSNI officer's car.
Another case involved a former Army clerk who lied about being blown up by a boobytrap bomb in a bid to impress women.
Some people I know (not me, of course) would boobytrap the bedroom door with an advance warning system made up of desk chairs, beanbags and even, at times, a skateboard, just to buy a little time in case their mum tried to burst in with a trayful of tea and toast.
Included are illustrated directions for making a spy camera, a code wheel, and a boobytrap balloon drop.
Loose-leaf with single-string binding, the documents relate to the days after D-Day on June 6 1944 and contain details of logistics, orders of battle, weapon and vehicle lists, signal instructions and boobytrap markings.
The bulk of the personnel - around 100 of those deployed - will train local forces in detecting and dealing with the roadside bombs and boobytrap explosives used by IS.
They then moved to Minyeh, where they tried to take refuge in the mosque just as they earlier sought refuge in a church in Tripoli, but that attempt was also thwarted "to prevent harm to citizens," especially after it came to light that these terrorists were on the verge of carrying out a plan to boobytrap and destroy a university building that had recently been built in the area.
And it is the biggest death toll in a day for British troops since six were killed when their Warrior fighting vehicle hit a Taliban boobytrap bomb two years ago.
Nor have they supported legislation that might have prevented the alleged shooter's purchase of more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition and the explosives that he used to boobytrap his apartment.
LIGATT Security, Atlanta, International (Pink Sheets:LGTT) launches their latest service entitled, Boobytrap. Most anti-spyware programs detect spyware on a computer, but Boobytrap is the only web-based service in the world that will detect "who" installed spyware on an individual's computer.
The acoustic band, Laura Dickenson and Rachel Lloyd, have been around since 1999, part of the Yale scene like Crosbi, and are working with Radio One DJ Huw Stephens' Boobytrap label.
The three days covered a host of topics including emergency first aid, kidnap avoidance, navigation techniques, ballistic awareness, mines and boobytrap awareness, off-road driving and border crossing etiquette.