fall into/avoid the trap of doing something

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avoid the trap of (doing something)

To avoid to doing something foolish or irresponsible. After college, I couldn't avoid the trap of using credit cards, and I've been deep in debt ever since.
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fall into the trap of (doing something)

To succumb to doing something foolish or irresponsible. After college, I fell into the trap of using credit cards, and I've been deep in debt ever since.
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fall into/avoid the trap of doing something

do/avoid doing something that is a mistake but which seems at first to be a good idea: Parents sometimes fall into the trap of trying to do everything for their children.
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While it is important to learn from the past, it is even more imperative to avoid the trap of preparing to face the challenges of the past.
Banks have to avoid the trap of insufficient market differentiation and must address the challenges of properly segmenting the market and implementing appropriate policies.
Parliament is sure that it is necessary to avoid the trap of the authorities - fake elections.
To avoid the trap of being made to pay a hefty fine, travellers should always check the policeman's identity and contact police outposts for assistance.
As a tribute to the great legend of inven tion in the realm of information tech nology, the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) began their 8th annual awards this year with Steve's commencement address at the Stan ford University, his words, spoken in 2005, astonishingly rang true on the day of his death: "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way, I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
Conversely, avoid the trap of a supervisor who asks you to step in and manage the problem for him or her.
We are going to deal with all the issues as one package, because we are going to avoid the trap of gradual implementation," he said.
GIVE mum some credit for wanting you to avoid the trap of living your life solely through your children.
I strongly believe that we, professional historians, should avoid the trap of closing our eyes to the facts.
To avoid the trap of a US delegation being opposed to any further advances, the EU obtained a safeguard mechanism whereby the rights obtained under the first agreement can be suspended in the event of a lack of progress in the negotiations.
By placing the dome just off center, I add tension and avoid the trap of static imagery.
Avoid the trap of not thinking "outside the box"--When thinking of returns on investments in life insurance, companies tend to compare their products to returns on other life insurance products.
In the end, however, Massood's careful consideration of historical representations of city spaces makes implicit and explicit the importance of an awareness of history so as to avoid the trap of "coming full circle," returning to the harmful caricatures and stereotypes of the past.
The editors offer judicious commentary and avoid the trap of proposing simplistic conclusions.
David Littler, project manager for MAP, runs several awareness raising projects with schools to help young people avoid the trap of homelessness.