One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in reference to a situation regarded as a trap.‘Henry had become caught in the toils of his own deviousness’
trick, stratagem, ploy, ruse, wile, deception, artifice, subterfuge, device, trickerytrap, net, snareView synonyms
- ‘In the throes of these catastrophes the world urgently needs a new reformation, but one inflamed by love in action, rather than one caught in the toils of humanist fundamentalism.’
- ‘Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?’
- ‘Because sooner or later sociopaths tend to get caught in their manipulative toils, and the scales fall from everyone's eyes and what was charming becomes loathsome in an instant.’
- ‘The economy in 1939 was still caught in the toils of the Depression.’
- ‘Yet the question remains whether grace - amazing or otherwise - will be enough to carry the church once again through the ‘dangers, toils and snares’ bemoaned in that old hymn.’
Early 16th century (denoting a net into which a hunted quarry is driven): plural of toil, from Old French toile ‘net, trap’ (see toile).
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