To set a snare

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To set a snare to put it in a proper condition or position to catch prey; hence, to lay a plan to deceive and draw another into one's power.
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Usage

In literature:

And as he was going over the mountain he passed a wolf entangled in a snare, who begged to be set at liberty.
"The Violet Fairy Book" by Various
In our excursions through the woods, he happens to get caught by the paw in a wire snare set for rabbits.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
He had meant to take up a cross, but before his very eyes it had changed to be a snare set for him by the Devil.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
I never set so much as a smile to snare you, you who have snared me.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
It was he who changed me into the form of a wild beast, and set the snare to capture me.
"The Gate of the Giant Scissors" by Annie Fellows Johnston
When a denier and a cheat is near you tell the world as much and help to set the snare!
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
The hunter's last resort in trapping the coloured fox is to set a snare for him.
"The Drama of the Forests" by Arthur Heming
We'll set a rare lot o' snares this evenin', and have rabbit for dinner to-morrow.
"Left on the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
Traps were set for the foxes, snares for the birds, and scouts kept tramping from end to end of the island for sight of a sail.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
The fellow had come there, either to visit or to set a snare, and must have believed he had frightened the animal himself.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Might not his dislike of that sermon be a snare set by the Devil to induce him to reject the call and stay in Kansas City?
"A Modern Idyll" by Frank Harris
When a nest is found, the snare is set so as to catch the bird upon her return to the eggs.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
At this spot he purposed to set a cunning snare for Prince Ember.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
In this road he set a snare made of his sister's hair, and then returned to the earth.
"Narrative of a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea" by John Franklin
Now find a path in an old clearing or in the woods, and select a place where you think best to set your snare.
"Fox Trapping" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
I'll make some gruel for your friend and maybe there'll be an egg to-morrow, or I can set snares for a 'possum.
"The Pioneers" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
Along the hills is a kind of fence, made with branches, where the natives had set snares to catch white partridges.
"Voyages from Montreal Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans in 1789 and 1793" by Alexander Mackenzie
Affection was not a thing to set snares for.
"The Open Question" by Elizabeth Robins
There he set a cunning snare, and waited to see what time should make clear.
"Aucassin & Nicolette"
And why dost thou set a snare for my life, so that I will be put to death?
"Young Folks' Bible in Words of Easy Reading" by Josephine Pollard
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In poetry:

My wife’s hands are long and thin,
Fit to catch a spirit in,
Fit to set a subtle snare
For something lighter than the air.
"Hands" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The sky sets no snare to capture the moon,
it is her own freedom which binds her.
The light that fills the sky
seeks its limit in a dew-drop on the grass.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
An Apple caused man’s fall, as some believe;
But that old Snake, malevolently wise,
A deadlier snare set when he left to Eve
His tongue of honey and mesmeric eyes.
"The Serpent's Legacy" by Victor James Daley
All are indebted much to thee,
But I far more than all,
From many a deadly snare set free,
And raised from many a fall.
Overwhelm me, from above,
Daily, with thy boundless love.
"Gratitude And Love To God" by William Cowper
Set a springe of rhyme, and hope to catch them in it?
Strew my love as grain to lure them to the snare?
Watch the hours built up, slow minute piled on minute?
Still the wide sky guards their flight, and still the cage is bare.
"The Poet To His Love" by Edith Nesbit

In news:

A former trapper who set neck snares across Nevada to catch coyotes said the devices are "non-forgiving and nonselective.".
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