fall into the trap of (doing something)

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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 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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
It is hoped that CCD observers will not fall into the trap of increasing the contrast so the belts appear as they did during the last apparition--this will make such images lose scientific credibility.
DON'T fall into the trap of believing the Stan James Grand National at Wimbledon is between two runners (Hotdog Jack and Kildare Lark) and lump on Comans Joe to land jump racing's biggest prize.
IT'S easy to fall into the trap of remembering The Byrds as a country-rock band thanks to Sweetheart Of The Rodeo but they built their success on folk foundations.
Do not fall into the trap of just telling me what you have now.
I won't let the players or myself fall into the trap of thinking it's won."
THE pounds 53million raid in Ton-bridge was an astonishing robbery, but please don't let us fall into the trap of romanticising those responsible as modern day Robin Hoods.