mantrap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mantrap a trap for catching trespassers
    • n mantrap a very attractive or seductive looking woman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mantrap A dangerous place, as an open hatch, into which one may fall.
    • Mantrap A trap for catching trespassers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mantrap A spring-trap or other engine for catching trespassers and marauders. Its use has been made unlawful in Great Britain except when set in a dwelling-house between sunset and sunrise.
    • n mantrap Anything, such as an open hatchway on shipboard, or an insecure building, ladder, etc., likely to become the cause of injury or death to the unwary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mantrap a trap or machine for catching people who trespass
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mann; Ger. mann, Dut. man, L. masmans, a male, Sans. manu, a man.

Usage

In literature:

I asked Lady Mantrap, when I heard you were to be here, to invite me to her party.
"The Bedford-Row Conspiracy" by William Makepeace Thackeray
You never seen me in the mantrap with a married highlander, says I.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The old sheriff never allows any thing done outside the rules, for he's tighter than a mantrap.
"Manuel Pereira" by F. C. Adams
From that day this has been called Mantrap Gulch.
"A Texas Ranger" by William MacLeod Raine
As for her complexion, that was nearly as brilliant as Lady Mantrap's, and without the powder which her ladyship uses.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The old mantrap has got married at these years!
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
Big hole down there filled up and the bridge that was just a mantrap new floored!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
There are two peculiarly mean and unmanly legal mantraps in which this wretched man is tripped up.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
Granted the opportunity, she could easily conceive herself as dealing very vigorously with the mantrap.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
Names that seem to me bad are Fitzoof, Lord Heehaw's son, Mrs Mantrap, and Lord Claude Lollypop.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin
As for her complexion, that was nearly as brilliant as Lady Mantrap's, and without the powder which her ladyship uses.
"A History of Pendennis, Volume 1" by William Makepeace Thackeray
It is Satan's slyest mantrap.
"Vassall Morton" by Francis Parkman
The cousins were alongside in the field which this mantrap bounded.
"Sporting Society, Vol. II (of 2)" by Various
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In poetry:

She passed like an arrow Kildare and Cock Sparrow,
And Mantrap and Mermaid refused the stone wall;
And Giles on The Greyling came down at the paling,
And I was left sailing in front of them all.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Controlling Access With Interlocks and Mantraps.
Dortronics announces new relay expansion modules for 4900 Series Mantrap systems.
New expansion modules available for Dortronics' 4900 Series mantrap systems.
Dortronics has released expansion modules for its 4900 Series Mantraps.
Itasca-Mantrap's Potato Lake substation was energized Dec 29 at the site 9.5 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71.
The Vault 's mantrap is the entry door into the data center from the secure lobby.
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