tourist trap


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tourist trap

A location or attraction that is designed to lure visiting tourists in to spend a lot of money, but which is often substandard compared to the cost of visiting or participating. A: "I was thinking we could go see the World's Largest Ball of Twine today!" B: "Oh, Tom, that's just a silly tourist trap. There are much better ways to spend a Saturday than that while you're in town." There are some fun things to do there, for sure. But for how much they charge you just to get into the park these, it's really turned into a big tourist trap.
See also: trap

tourist trap

n. a place set up to lure tourists in to spend money. (Can be a shop, a town, or a whole country.) It looked like a tourist trap, so we didn’t even stop the car.
See also: trap
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Last month, we went to Oslob, the latest Philippine tourist trap, to see the whale sharks.
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Ogden, Charles TOURIST TRAP (Edgar and Ellen Series, #2).
The site features "success story" occupations like camel husbandry, flower masseuse, clown "escorts," and silver-painted tourist trap standing still on a box performers.
Under the smiling, sugarcoated tourist trap facade lies a complicated web of deceit, greed and murder.
Although Cuba was once a generous mixture of Europeans, West Africans and Chinese, today there remain only 300 pure Chinese and Chinatown has become a tourist trap. While the Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago segments celebrate the successes of their restaurant owners, the Cuban segment is a touching epitaph for a ghost community.
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John Harris is quoted as saying that the absence of opossums is a "curious exception" to the list of current mammals of the Los Angeles Basin preserved in the La Brea tar pits ("L.A.'s Oldest Tourist Trap," SN: 1/24/04, p.
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