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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.


(Law) the luring, by a police officer, of a person into committing a crime so that he may be prosecuted for it




  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
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"


[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


(= state of being entrapped)Gefangensein ntin einer Falle
(= entrapping)Fangen ntin einer Falle, Fallenstellen nt
(= inducement)(geschickte) Verführung (etw Böses/Kriminelles zu tun)


n compresión f, atrapamiento; ulnar nerve — compresión or atrapamiento del nervio cubital; peripheral nerve — compresión or atrapamiento de nervio periférico
References in periodicals archive ?
amp; CRIMINOLOGY 827, 829-30, 845-46 (2004); Andrew Altman & Steven Lee, Legal Entrapment, 12 PHIL.