Definition of roach motel in English:

roach motel

noun

US
  • 1A type of cockroach trap. [A trademark in the United States.]

  • 2Figurative. A place, situation, etc., from which it may be difficult or impossible to be extricated.

  • 3Informal. An extremely dirty or run-down motel or other building.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in The Official Gazette. From roach + motel.

Pronunciation

roach motel

/ˌrəʊtʃ məʊˈtɛl/