Definition of booby trap in English:

booby trap

noun

  • 1A thing designed to catch the unwary, in particular.

    • ‘At 93 feet, they struck a booby trap that filled the cavern with water from the sea.’
    • ‘They tread carefully, keeping a close watch in front, to the sides, and behind them to make sure they didn't stumble upon a booby trap.’
    • ‘Morriss peered down into it, and determined that this was another booby trap.’
    • ‘Everything you do or say around them turns into a booby trap.’
    • ‘What you do is you build one, you train the squirrels, and then just when they're getting cocky you booby trap it.’
    • ‘The booby trap device - called the Stinger - is a mat full of spikes which can be placed into the path of a speeding car to burst its tyres.’
    • ‘Unbeknownst to her, another booby trap is set off, and a soldier following the one with Trini falls into it.’
    • ‘But Lindsay could have sworn that she won't fall for the booby trap.’
    • ‘The hosts sprung a series of surprises for the invitees while the visitors revelled in walking into the booby trap set up for them.’
    • ‘On spotting the pug marks of a tigress and three cubs, a cub walked into the booby trap laid by officials in the Nature Park.’
    • ‘Typical Danny trick, to try to get them to do a dare, just to get them into a booby trap in his yard.’
    • ‘When Morriss entered the temple, he had no way of knowing that he stepped in the wrong place on the ground, and set off an ancient booby trap.’
    • ‘I attempted to sneak in through the side door, and escape attention as usual, but everyone was surrounding every entrance, and every entrance was a booby trap.’
    • ‘I was thinking of rigging a booby trap underneath the fence.’
    • ‘He had a suspicion that Roon's booby trap would only work once.’
    • ‘He decided it was safe to take a breath and come back down to look at the booby trap.’
    • ‘Her favorite booby trap would probably be impossible unless the hunters were fond of the early 1800's.’
    • ‘Every man knows there is no correct answer to such booby trap questions, and now finally mankind has found a way to make it not matter.’
    • ‘Stairs are undoubtedly the biggest booby trap for neophyte planners.’
    1. 1.1An apparently harmless object containing a concealed explosive device designed to kill or injure anyone who touches it.
      ‘miles of mines, booby traps, and underground fortifications’
      • ‘He was killed together with two young boys by an IRA booby trap on the pleasure craft he maintained in Ireland.’
      • ‘It does not matter if you use a bomb or a booby trap; as long as you target a particular person, it's assassination.’
      • ‘The bomb had a booby trap trigger sequence - once the case was opened it would begin a countdown to explode in only twenty four hours.’
      • ‘One tree trunk mould might conceal radio equipment but another shaped like a piece of camel dung hid a booby trap that could blow the tyre off a truck.’
      • ‘The perils include projectiles, grenades, land mines, rockets and booby traps.’
      • ‘Troops began searching the compound and found the weapons haul - and a deadly booby trap.’
      • ‘The robotic vehicle, Cyclops, is a coup for the diving teams, giving them the ability to remotely attack and defeat an explosive device or booby trap.’
      • ‘Officers seized a number of pipe bombs, a booby trap device, a handgun and ammunition and a quantity of bomb-making equipment.’
      • ‘A booby trap bomb was found outside the store in the centre of Skipton.’
      • ‘Late last year, terrorists placed a booby trap bomb underneath his car outside his home on the outskirts of north Belfast.’
      • ‘Land mines and booby traps are a constant threat.’
      • ‘Yesterday's discovery of 10 guns, two pipe bombs, a booby trap device and hundreds of rounds of ammunition had almost certainly saved more lives.’
      • ‘When I asked them what was going on, they told me they had four casualties from that booby trap, and two were dead and two were wounded.’
      • ‘Instead, the Marines were leaving a promotion ceremony when one of them apparently triggered a booby trap, causing the explosion.’
      • ‘He finds a grenade left behind by the soldiers and sets up a booby trap for them in his father's outdoor tent.’
      • ‘Larkin said they believe one of the bombs was a booby trap to protect a drug-producing operation and was built to be detonated from a remote location.’
      • ‘Recovery of the booby trap bombs comes after a summer of high activity by local dissident groups.’
      • ‘The employment of several other weapons (primarily land mines, booby traps, and incendiary devices) is also restricted where civilians are concerned.’
      • ‘When I asked why, he explained that the wire was a typical trigger for an Improvised Explosive Device, better known as a booby trap.’
      • ‘Police were turning us all back and there was talk of maybe a booby trap bomb at which point I decided to try and get a taxi the 5km back to my hotel.’
    2. 1.2A trap intended as a practical joke, such as an object placed on top of a door ajar ready to fall on the next person to pass through.
      • ‘Occasionally they would sneak down in the middle of the night to play some prank on the Vandals, like steal their flag or set up a booby trap outside the door.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Place a booby trap in or on (an object or area)

    ‘the area was heavily mined and booby-trapped’
    • ‘During the last few classes of the week I began formulating plans of how to booby trap certain rooms for those who wished to take the party a step further.’
    • ‘Martin, who wept as he gave evidence, denied having booby-trapped the house or having lain in wait for the burglars.’
    • ‘They've been booby-trapping it, laying homemade bombs.’
    • ‘The fighting will be ferocious and unyielding, the casualties enormous, the narrow alleyways are already booby-trapped.’
    • ‘Meth dealers, manufacturers and users are notorious for booby-trapping their stashes.’
    • ‘No urban terrorist group has poisoned our water courses or booby-trapped our footpaths.’
    • ‘Private citizens can't mine their backyards or booby-trap their front doors.’
    • ‘There, everything from buildings to dead bodies to cars to entire streets were booby-trapped.’
    • ‘It could have been booby-trapped with explosives.’
    • ‘When she'd tried to booby trap her house from him months ago, he always got through her tricks.’
    • ‘My room is practically booby-trapped with clothes, but having a bird around might be alright.’
    • ‘When US guards went to inspect the damage outside the embassy the following morning, they discovered the area was booby-trapped with several more bombs.’
    • ‘I begin to wonder if the trail might be booby-trapped.’
    • ‘So it wasn't any contact with civilians, on the contrary, with diehard terrorists who were booby-trapping every corner, every alley, every door.’
    • ‘The official said the apartment was booby-trapped with explosives.’
    • ‘After a thorough search of his house, we also found light weapons and pistols, and eight booby-trapped suitcases, a large group of passports, and codes.’
    • ‘Lewisham Council says it found one tower-block rooftop booby-trapped by pirates ‘putting a 240V electrical supply on the locks’.’
    • ‘One feels the movement should have been booby-trapped by its own pioneers in order to repel the historians of the future.’
    • ‘They have booby-trapped the entrances to allies.’
    • ‘Some stations, he says, booby-trap transmitters with CS spray to keep them from being stolen, and one has kept pit bulls on a tower-block roof in Hackney.’

Pronunciation:

booby trap

/ˈbo͞obē ˌtrap/