set a trap (for someone or something)

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set a trap (for someone or something)

1. Literally, to construct and set up a device or contraption for catching physically capturing someone or some animal. I began setting traps for rabbits and other animals when my food started running dangerously low. A: "I could have sworn I heard mice crawling around in the basement." B: "We'll have to start setting some traps down there."
2. Literally, to put in place or in motion a stratagem to trick someone and catch them unawares, especially to expose something about them or something they have done. The undercover agent set a trap for the senator, inviting her to accept a bribe in exchange for her efforts to deregulate the industry.
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set a trap

to adjust and prepare a trap to catch an animal. Bill set a mousetrap and baited it with cheese. The old man set a trap to catch an annoying squirrel.
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I dare say I had deserved his reproof-- but I was not going to help him to set traps for Rosanna Spearman, for all that.
They were as so many set traps for displeasure, above all for reaction, of which his restless tread was constantly pressing the spring.
I appreciate the fact that today a person that used to set traps for animals in the parks is now able to get milk and other basic needs on a daily basis.
Sonko also said he uses people, whom he trusts, to set traps for individuals who ask for bribes from him.
The big cat was finally caught by a farmer who had set traps for what he thought was a fox which had killed some of his sheep.
Stephen Ireland would set traps for him and it worked for a couple of years and so I don't see why Everton shouldn't attempt the same if van Dijk plays on Friday night.
| Defender Stephen Ireland would set traps for him and it worked for a couple of years and so I don't see why Everton shouldn't attempt the same if van Dijk does play on Friday night.
Craig, aged 28, set traps for Ogogo - and the Suffolk prospect walked into them with the naivety of a mouse searching for cheese.
They strip the city of its leisure, And set traps for those who drive, And get into bed with their mates in Brum, In whose company they appear to thrive.
Not only has Assad and his allies made Syria the largest exporter of refugees since World War-II, but his links with ISIS have caused geo-strategists in the Greater Middle East (GME) to warn that the latter may have set traps for both the Russian occupation forces in this country and the EU.
Ice Cube and detective buddies John Leguizamo set traps for the rookie on a 24-hour patrol - but Ben's nerdy gaming knowledge uncovers a clue that could lead to the most notorious criminal in the city.
Outwitting and outrunning the Gestapo -- in spite of their ruthlessly set traps for capturing hidden Englishmen and Jews -- seems impossible, especially to these women who had no plans to become directly involved in anything of the kind.
Abdulla Hamdan launched the investigation and set traps for more than one week.
"We set traps for his mates and arrested them after they arrived.
THE 78-year-old actor Bill Roache has set traps for gentle female hearts over the years.