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Booby trap   /bˈubi træp/   Listen
Booby trap

An explosive mine hidden underground; explodes when stepped on or driven over.  Synonyms: ground-emplaced mine, land mine.
An unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty.  Synonym: pitfall.

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"Booby trap" Quotes from Famous Books

... Among the prisoners were a few officers. In default of other suitable accommodation, one of them was allowed to live in a room at the Commandant's house. He displayed great anxiety lest somebody should touch the disused telephone or other wires, fire a booby trap possibly left behind by his kind friends, and so blow ...
— With the British Army in The Holy Land • Henry Osmond Lock

Words linked to "Booby trap" :   claymore, mine, difficulty, ground-emplaced mine, claymore mine, bouncing betty, pitfall

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