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bear trap

A place where a police officer waits, often in hiding, to catch drivers that are speeding. Also called a "speed trap." Likely related to highway patrol officers being called "bear," a possible reference to Smokey the Bear (a cartoon character who wears a hat similar to those sometimes worn by the highway patrol). Ugh, I got a speeding ticket today, thanks to a bear trap.
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bear trap

n. a hidden speed trap, one set by a bear. (Citizens band radio.) That whole town is a glorified bear trap.
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