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spring a/the trap

To initiate, instigate, or execute a plan to secretly or deceptively take advantage of someone or something. The undercover agent waited until money had been exchanged before springing the trap.
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spring a ˈtrap


1 make a trap for catching animals close suddenly
2 try to trick somebody into doing or saying something; succeed in this: The burglars were arrested after the police sprung a trap on them last night.
See also: spring, trap
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However, the pressure was beginning to tell and when George Williams managed to spring the trap on the left edge, Dom Manfredi was in and Matty Smith added the goal to put the home side in front for the first time.
Squandered a great goal chance with close range header Stephen WARD 6 Played Baros onside for the goal when others were trying to spring the trap.
There was a dearth of creative alchemy on the edge of the box, no well weighted killer ball to spring the trap, and with Barry Robson off-key no one to physically drive through the last line.
Steelers looked tight defensively and were always prepared to spring the trap and break clear, and Peter Hirsch was forced into action at the other end.
With some trap designs, you can tighten or loosen the pan tension screw, which controls the amount of pressure needed to spring the trap.
Sadly, neither team had a player quick enough to spring the trap.
The ballside "trapper" (TT4) uses the same concept of "bluffing and retreating" to eventually spring the trap on the ballhandler (with WW3).
Next, I spring the trap on their own illogic, pointing out the contradiction of affirming that there are no systemic obstacles to success for those willing to work for what they want while also maintaining that affirmative action is a systemic obstacle to the success of white males.
Actress Sheridan admits she spent weeks "lying through my teeth" to help spring the trap.
Jesus bends down and writes on the ground with his finger, refusing to spring the trap set for him.
The account is not penetratingly lucid on Mileva's agonizing descent into schizophrenia, or of Elsa, the widow with two daughters, waiting to spring the trap, but the general outlines are here and wen documented.
The sooner they can spring the trap and oust the Tories, the better.
After Anna Karenina Tolstoi did not become a different person, but he did abandon the attempt to spring the trap from within.
But the team plans to spring the trap - involving wildlife officers, traffic officers and the force's eye in the sky - to bring the gang to justice.
Anelka waited for Marc Overmars to spring the trap, and although Schmeichel parried his first effort, the rebound was a formality.