Definition of spring a trap in US English:

spring a trap


  • 1Cause a trap for catching animals to close suddenly.

    • ‘Silverspot springs a trap by dropping rocks on it.’
    1. 1.1 Trick someone into doing something.
      ‘she decided to spring the trap after noticing that her husband was behaving erratically’
      • ‘He waited until the Nation piece to spring a trap.’
      • ‘Halfway through, he sprang a trap on the Muslim leadership.’
      • ‘I believe she is about to spring a trap.’
      • ‘She didn't want to run into anything unexpected, and if the Norak were going to spring a trap, now would be the time.’