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/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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7 Ways to Block a Cyberbully outlines seven different and practical strategies to deal with cyberbullying: understanding the e-bully, protecting one's passwords, guarding personal information, using protective software, cutting off communications as needed, avoiding the trap of revenge, and telling someone responsible.
Adopting a compassionate focus, he addresses the past while avoiding the trap of romanticizing it.
Avoiding the trap of applying Western perspectives to a non-Western culture, docu reveals the Ivory Coast's particular notions of sexuality by charting the activities and viewpoints of several characters.
PHOTO : Kahn: Avoiding the trap of developing a bureaucracy.