trap in

trap someone or something in something

to catch someone or something in a trap. Jed accidentally trapped Tex in his bear trap. Jerry trapped a rabbit in his trap.
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trap someone in something

to catch someone in an inconsistency or contradiction. The lawyer trapped the witness in his inconsistencies. She trapped herself in her own argument.
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References in classic literature ?
Leaving the trap in the center of a broad elephant trail near the drinking hole, the warriors turned back toward their village.
The MegaCatch(TM) 'Ultra' was the best performing mosquito trap in this study.