mouse trap

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n mouse trap Any device that catches, and usually kills, mice. They are of various designs, the most common being a stiff loop of wire mounted on a small wooden platform base and attached to a strong spring, which holds the loop firmly against the base. To activate the trap, the loop is pulled through a 180° arc against the tension of the spring and held against the base by a delicate metal catch, which can keep the loop from moving, though in a state of high tension. The metal catch is moved when a mouse tries to take a piece of bait attached to it, releasing the loop which forcefully moves though an arc, usually killing the mouse. A larger version of the same device is used as a rat trap.
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Quotations

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    “There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.”

Usage

In literature:

I fancied the mouse was too strong for the trap, so I went upstairs to investigate.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
You don't suppose a mouse-trap baits itself?
"Mr. Faust" by Arthur Davison Ficke
At such moments one feels like a mouse caught in a trap.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
But, beg pardon, S'Richard, is that there to make a patent mouse-trap?
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn
He didn't look as if he could afford a mouse-trap.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886" by Various
The Princes went voluntarily, as it were, into the mouse-trap, by attending a great council at the Palais Royal.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
As they went on they learned a great many things about the world; but as yet White-paw had not heard one word about a mouse-trap.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
THE MOUSE-TRAP, and Other Farces.
"A Likely Story" by William Dean Howells
ONE bright morning, at about eleven o'clock, I tipped my glass in the direction of the Mouse-trap.
"Five Mice in a Mouse-trap" by Laura E. Richards
And in this trap of Iblis was decoy enough for a poor mouse like me.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
You remind me of an eel, or a little grey mouse trying to get out of a trap.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
Law is sometimes like a mouse-trap; easy to enter, but not easy to get out of.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
No cat and no mouse-traps?
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
Then she went and looked in the mouse-trap, where she found six mice all alive.
"Old-Time Stories" by Charles Perrault
Opening the sack which he usually carries on his back, the trapper draws out three dozen small traps no larger than a rat or mouse trap.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
Now, this trap does not look dangerous to the unsuspecting mouse.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall
The principle of them was something like that of a wire mouse-trap.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume IV (of 8)" by William Wordsworth
When the German shepherd barked, I heard a thin, drawn-out squeak, like a mouse with his tail caught in a trap, come from Blekeke.
"The Telenizer" by Don Thompson
Why is a mouse entering a mouse trap like a diplomat arguing his policy?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
The mouse-trap of your cathedral dean is too clumsy for me.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

Tway Mice, full Blythe and Amicable,
Batten beside Erle Robert's Table.
Lies there ne Trap their Necks to catch,
Ne old black Cat their Steps to watch.
Their Fill they eat of Fowl and Fish;
Feast-lyche as Heart of Mouse mote wish.
"Erle Robert's Mice. In Chaucer's Style" by Matthew Prior

In news:

If you haven't heard of the new rapper out of Chicago Lil Mouse, he is 13 years old and raps about trapping, smoking, violence and other things a 13 year old kid shouldn't be rapping about.
Niagara Gazette — A murder mystery dinner theater "The Mouse Trap" by Agatha Christie will be held from 6 to 10 pm Oct 6.
X-Mold builds a better mouse trap, but is anyone buying.
Masters' Mouse Trap Fails to Catch Eisner.
"The idea is to bait it in and it pulls a bait bag and then it closes the door like a big mouse trap," Bozzo said, adding donuts were used as bait .
This fall it is time for me to resume my reluctant pastime trapping North America's most abundant fur bearer : the mouse.
They say if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door.
Aubuchon Hardware employees said that they have at least doubled the sales of mouse traps this year compared to last year and that it is the most they have sold in recent memory.
A mouse trapped recently in Campo during routine monitoring has tested positive for the hantavirus, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health announced Thursday.
Remember the Mouse Trap game for kids?).
Perez played " Mouse Trap " a lot as a kid -- kind of.
Niagara Gazette — A murder mystery dinner theater "The Mouse Trap " by Agatha Christie will be held from 6 to 10 pm Oct 6.
Protecting the better mouse trap .
On Friday, July 27, our host Ankur Malhotra interviewed David Furumoto, the director of the play Mouse Trap , and some cast members Erin, Patrick, and Jim.
The Mouse Trap is a murder mystery performed by the University Theater, and is playing from July 13, through July 29.
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