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tr.v. en·trapped, en·trap·ping, en·traps
1. To catch in or as if in a trap.
a. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation. See Synonyms at catch.
b. Law To induce (someone) into performing an otherwise uncontemplated criminal act for the sole purpose of providing the basis for a prosecution.

[French entraper, from Old French : en-, in; see en-1 + trape, trap (of Germanic origin).]

en·trap′ment n.
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(Law) the luring, by a police officer, of a person into committing a crime so that he may be prosecuted for it
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  1. About as much chance of escape as a log that is being drawn slowly toward a buzz saw —Arthur Train
  2. Captured like water in oil —John Updike
  3. Caught in [as a war] like meat in a sandwich —Robert MacNeil, Public Television broadcast, December, 1986
  4. Caught like a forest in a blazing fire —Delmore Schwartz
  5. (What wouldn’t I give to see old Cy Lambert) caught like a monkey with his fist in the bottle —Louis Auchincloss
  6. (The feeling came over her that she was) caught like a mouse in the trap of life —Ellen Glasgow
  7. (I went to the war; got) clapped down like a bedbug —Clifford Odets
  8. [Group of people] closed in upon her, like dogs on a fox —Jean Stafford
  9. [Four walls of room] close in upon you like the sides of a coffin —O. Henry
  10. [Many people at a party] engulfed him like an avalanche —Robert Silverberg
  11. Feel like … a shabby blackbird baked alive in a piecrust —George Garrett
  12. Felt like a muskrat trapped in a weir —Sterling Hayden
  13. Felt like a worm on a hook —Shelby Hearon
  14. Gripped him like an empty belly —Cutcliffe Hyne
  15. Held fast by circumstances as by invisible wires of steel —Ellen Glasgow
  16. It [emotional trap] held him as with the grip of sharp murderous steel —Henry James
  17. My heart chokes in me like a prison —Anzia Yezierska

    Another example of a simile used to launch a work of fiction, in this case a short story entitled Wings.

  18. Pinned to … like a butterfly to a cork —F. van Wyck Mason

    The butterfly image as used by Margaret Millar: “As easily trapped as a butterfly.”

  19. Struggling and captive like a newborn infant —Julia O’Faolain
  20. Stuck with them [undesirable companions] like falling into a barrel of blackstrap molasses —Elizabeth Spencer
  21. Thrashed about … like a whale trying to pull free from a harpoon —William H. Hallhan
  22. Trapped like a fish between two cats —Spanish proverb
  23. Trapped like a peasant between two lawyers —Anon
  24. Trapped [in traffic] like a fly in a spider’s web —Donald Seaman
  25. Felt trapped … like a man in a cage with a sick bear and his keeper —Ross Macdonald
  26. Trapped like a rabbit on a country road —Beryl Bainbridge
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.entrapment - a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials
demurrer, denial, defence, defense - a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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[ɪnˈtræpmənt] N (Jur) acción por la que agentes de la ley incitan a algn a cometer un delito para poder arrestarlo
he complained of entrapmentse quejó de que le habían hecho caer en una trampa
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(= state of being entrapped)Gefangensein ntin einer Falle
(= entrapping)Fangen ntin einer Falle, Fallenstellen nt
(= inducement)(geschickte) Verführung (etw Böses/Kriminelles zu tun)
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n compresión f, atrapamiento; ulnar nerve — compresión or atrapamiento del nervio cubital; peripheral nerve — compresión or atrapamiento de nervio periférico
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References in classic literature ?
The class looked at the master, as if appealing from the irregular entrapment of this mode of examination.
The plunge into this pit I had avoided by the merest of accidents, I knew that surprise, or entrapment into torment, formed an important portion of all the grotesquerie of these dungeon deaths.
Dissenting for four of nine judges in Amato, Estey J found entrapment along similar lines to Laskin CJC's formulation in Kirzner.
The Chartered Trading Standard Institute has issued product recalls on several children's clothing products after concerns around choking and entrapment.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a suspected swindler during an entrapment operation in Manila over an investment scam.
Also explained here is the difference between entrapment which is an acceptable means of catching the accused and instigation, which can be used by the accused as a defense.
Oaks is asking a federal judge to include a jury instruction on entrapment in his bribery and fraud case, arguing federal investigators launched a "targeted campaign" to induce him to commit a crime he was not predisposed to commit.
on Tuesday during an entrapment operation right inside his police station.
Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES), a consequence of aberrant positioning of structures surrounding the popliteal artery within the popliteal fossa, may present due to a variety of anatomical differences.
This study aims at increasing NAC entrapment in nanoparticles fabricated by the nanoprecipitation method, as it constitutes a simple, economic, and easily scalable methodology [11, 12].
Five years after guidewire entrapment, the patient has remained free of thrombotic complications on aspirin and clopidogrel.