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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.

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)

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.

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.
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"

booby trap

noun
A source of danger or difficulty not easily foreseen and avoided:
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

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Donatien Se Sabi Bestrualta Chamchawala's booby-traps in his garden in Blackwood, Caerphilly, were triggered when the children next door went into his garden to retrieve a ball.
Serb troops are specialists in placing mines and making booby-traps, even hiding them inside dead bodies.