slang A rickety, broken-down, clunky old motor vehicle. I can't believe he's still driving the same old rattle-trap that he had way back in high school. I've sunk more money in this rattle-trap than the damn thing is even worth.
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n. a rattly (old) car; any rattly vehicle. I hear Ted’s rattle-trap in the driveway.
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