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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Smart as a steel trap. Well, when we was a-fightin' this atternoon, all-of-a-sudden he begin t' rip up an' cuss an' beller at me.
His mind was like a steel trap. It's because he was filled to burstin' an' spillin' over with the spirit of the times; because he was full of fire an' vinegar an' couldn't set down in one place.
A mind like a steel trap. Makes his living any old way.
"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. Across his brow ran a white scar that he had got in a fight on the brig.
The levers of his body snapped into play like the jaws of steel traps. And in addition to all this, his was that super-strength that is the dower of but one human in millions--a strength depending not on size but on degree, a supreme organic excellence residing in the stuff of the muscles themselves.
"Ah, like the charming journey the other day, when it rained bullets and produced a crop of steel traps!"
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.
One Frankenstein spawn even has a literal steel trap where his head ought to be.
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.