MOUSETRAP

mousetrap, trap play

(noun) (American football) a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated

mousetrap

(noun) a trap for catching mice

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

mousetrap (countable and uncountable, plural mousetraps)

(countable) A device for capturing or killing mice and other rodents.

(countable, internet) A website designed to open another copy of itself when the user tries to close the webpage. Frequently used by advertisers and pornographers.

(chiefly, British, informal, uncountable) Ordinary, everyday cheese.

(NZ) A slice of bread or toast topped with cheese and then grilled or microwaved.

(military, historical) An antisubmarine rocket used mainly during World War II by the US Navy and US Coast Guard.

Synonyms

• (device for capturing or killing mice or rodents): mousefall

Verb

mousetrap (third-person singular simple present mousetraps, present participle mousetrapping, simple past and past participle mousetrapped)

(figuratively) To trap; to trick or fool (someone) into a bad situation.

(internet, transitive) To prevent (the user) from leaving a website by opening another copy when it is closed.

Anagrams

• autosperm, superatom, trampouse

Source: Wiktionary



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