trap into

trap (someone or something) into (something)

1. Literally, to ensnare an animal inside of something. He trapped the raccoon into the cage and brought it out to the woods to release it. The plant traps insects into a pouch filled with a sweet-smelling nectar that eventually digests them.
2. To force, compel, or manipulate a person, group, or entity into entering some inescapable situation or position. Often used in passive constructions. Tens of thousands of people in the region have been trapped into poverty following the collapse of the coal industry. The revolution ended up trapping the entire country into chaos and bloodshed for the last five years.
3. To force, compel, or manipulate a person, group, or entity into doing something against their will. It was discovered that the detectives had used blackmail to trap the suspect into confessing. Pressure from our investors trapped our company into taking on even more debt.
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trap someone into something

to get one into such a position that one has little choice but to do something unwanted. You'll never trap me into going out with Roger! I was trapped into going there.
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Once they've defeated the villains, players will be able to place a Trap into the new Traptanium PortalTM to capture them.
Fences did not span the trap but were cut into two pieces and orientated such that an imaginary line joining the two fences together would bisect the pitfall trap into equal halves.
The animal was first shaken from the trap into a plastic bag containing cotton or gauze soaked with inhalant anesthesia (methoxyflurane, Pitman-Moore, Mundelein, IL; or isoflurane, Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, IL).
The two attachments help to orient the trap into the wind, allowing for an even and continuous rate of release of the bait odor.