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