steel-trap

steel-trap

(stēl′trăp′)
adj.
Very quick and keen; trenchant: a steel-trap intellect.
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A thoughtful man with a bountiful supply of respect for those with whom he worked, and a steel-trap of a mind, he was the best boss I ever had.
Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, with his violin, his deerstalker and his steel-trap mind, has been one of the most resilient and adaptable figures in Anglophone popular culture.
And yet, Wood's humor is pervasive, as in references to "mud's dirty tricks" and the weather's steel-trap tendency to change dirt to mud at the defining moment of an army's tactics.
But in the real world of people and their ideas, a change of fortune can be more telling than the best steel-trap logic.
His improvised technique for undermining her credibility should she report the sighting is a comic highlight, as well as a glimpse into Verges' steel-trap mind.
But I had to give up body-building when the springs on a chest-expander closed with the speed of a steel-trap over a tender protuberance on my chest.
the steel-trap minds of the Whispers crew of testimony the athletic director gave during the trial of former Razorback basketball coach Nolan Richardson's civil suit against the university.
Finally, the Jackson chameleon is the slowest of any lizard but has the fastest, longest tongue - "a ballistic missile of a tongue" - consisting of an enormous tube of muscle, its tip covered in microscopic fingers that close round its target, bringing it back to its steel-trap jaws and needle teeth.
Certainly you can tease out a subversive agenda, but it's still stretching the interpretation of what is, when you get down to it, a Hammer-style yarn that borrows extensively from the Sherlock Holmes canon, reinventing real-life Ripper detective Frederick Abbeline (Johnny Depp) as an opiumaddicted psychic with a steel-trap, deductive mind.
Wilander was known during his day as having a steel-trap mind with a penchant for playing tennis as if it were a chess match.