entrap

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Related to entraps: contrition, ensnaring

entrap (someone) in(to) (something)

To coerce or trick someone into doing something. I'm just worried that she's using the kids to entrap you in this marriage.
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entrap (someone) in(to) (something) with (something)

To use someone or something to coerce or trick someone into doing something. I'm worried that she's saying she's pregnant just to entrap you in this marriage.
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entrap (someone) with (something)

To use someone or something to coerce or trick someone into doing something. I'm just worried that she's entrapping you with this alleged pregnancy so that you rip up the divorce papers.
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entrap

someone (in something )(with something ) Fig. to use something to deceive someone into involvement in something. The investigators entrapped Max into breaking the law with promises to buy the goods he stole. They entrapped Max into breaking the law.
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"There is a paradox between the current benefits culture which entraps the vulnerable, whilst insisting that all young mothers should find a job, leaving schools and other agencies to bring up the children," she said.
The additive entraps offensive compounds originating inside or outside a package or in the resin itself.
He weaves the culture of Greece and opera into a tale of political intrigue that entraps characters in shades of deception and honor.
Along the way there is the use of minor magic to create good meals and major magic that entraps human souls.
Why we care: Best Supporting Actor nominee Benicio Del Toro plumbs the lower depths, including a seedy gay bar where he entraps dangerous Mexican assassin Francisco Flores (Clifton Collins Jr.) with mere steamy eye contact, and out actor Corey Spears pops up as one of the pill-popping preppies who lead Michael Douglas's daughter to perdition.
In a properly designed system, it also entraps oxides by reducing velocity.