fall into the trap

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.
See also: fall, of, trap

fall into the trap

COMMON If someone falls into the trap of doing something, they make a very common mistake, or one that is very easy to make. School administrators often fall into the trap of thinking that discipline problems are the cause of low levels of achievement. I refuse to fall into the trap of washing his dishes for him.
See also: fall, trap
References in classic literature ?
I upbraided myself for my absurd superstition, which had caused me to fall into the trap. I felt inclined to laugh and to cry at the same time.
'I told the team that we should not fall into the trap that we are a good offensive team and not repeat the things that we did last game,' Pirates head coach Topex Robinson said.
The VC also requested students not to fall into the trap of such information and focus on examinations.
Political work must not fall into the trap of sectarianism, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa stressed.
I don't want to fall into the trap of making lewd jokes about Harry Potter's "magic wand" but it's hard to resist.
You fall into the trap that equality of opportunity should lead to equality of outcome, the fallacy that led to the ideologically driven destruction of the UK's meritocratic secondary education system.
It is sadly all too easy to fall into the trap of believing that there is no hope for the economy but JLR''s announcement of increased sales and job recruitment puts paid to the lie.
GERMANY star Mesut Ozil has refused to fall into the trap of eyeing a "dream final" against Spain at the European Championship but was confident of ending his country's Italy jinx.
We will not fall into the trap of undemocratic forces, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister reiterated that PPP would not allow derailment of democracy for which the party and its founding fathers had rendered innumerable sacrifices."We will not fall into the trap of undemocratic forces," the Prime Minister said.
Porto are unlikely to fall into the trap but they may need patience.
It's easy to fall into the trap of looking after number one.
By borrowing something from the bad tradition of the restrictive politics, the governments fall into the trap of too high ambitions to introduce order through "propaganda tyranny." Has the outgoing Macedonian Government fallen into such a trap," Azemi wonders.
WHEN discussing the green economy and green jobs, we mustn't fall into the trap of seeing them as if they are something different to the economy as a whole.
"I then tie a female bird under the bag and wait for male birds to fall into the trap before pulling the rope" Rihani explains.