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steel trap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n steel trap a trap made of steel with a strong spring and sharp toothlike projections to hold the prey
    • n steel trap an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps) "he's as sharp as a steel trap","a mind like a steel trap"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Steel trap a trap for catching wild animals. It consists of two iron jaws, which close by means of a powerful steel spring when the animal disturbs the catch, or tongue, by which they are kept open.
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Usage

In literature:

Don Cesare, it seems, had walked into a steel trap at last.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
I at least admire her audacity and her steel-trap quickness of mind.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Connie glanced toward the pile of steel traps of assorted sizes that lay in the corner.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
She's nigh on to forty year younger 'n I be, and smart as a steel trap, tell you!
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge
Of course they didn't have repeating-rifles then, and surely not steel traps.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
The steel trap of China, you know.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
She's smarter'n a steel-trap, and might have been a lawyer herself.
"Harper's Young People, May 18, 1880" by Various
There he set his steel-trap, and another which he borrowed of a neighbor.
"Harper's Young People, September 28, 1880" by Various
But even in his emotion and bewilderment the steel trap of silence set upon his face.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
His jaws are like the men-folk's steel traps, when they do get home.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
Last of all, a single steel trap came to light.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
A big bear trap, with steel jaws, that clamped down on him and held him fast by the leg.
"Bear Trap" by Alan Edward Nourse
His jaws came together with the click of a steel trap.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
The trapper gets one of his steel-traps.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
The timber wolf is far too wise to get into any steel trap.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
Mother aint much for book learnin', and Jen's as smart as a steel trap, if she is ours.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas
Why is a steel-trap like the small-pox?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
Wally made no verbal response; but his undershot jaw did the steel-trap act and there was a triumphant glitter in his eye.
"Bransford of Rainbow Range" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
This city of Calcutta, which offered its shelter to thousands and thousands of men had become like a steel trap.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
So I went down to a house below on the creek and borrowed a steel trap they had.
"Tales from the X-bar Horse Camp" by Will C. Barnes
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In poetry:

And every few minutes a wolf would rush past him with a snap,
With a snapping sound like the ring of a steel trap,
And the pack of wolves gathered with terrible rapidity,
So that Dick didn't know whether to stand or flee.
"Saved" by William Topaz McGonagall
Little old man
Scuffling beside her, bending down, catching his opportunity,
Parting his steel-trap face, so suddenly, and seizing her scaly ankle,
And hanging grimly on,
Letting go at last as she drags away,
And closing his steel-trap face.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence
I tell you that thing riled me! Why, I felt my face turn white,
And my teeth shut like a steel trap, and the fingers of my right
Hand pained me with their pressure--all the rest's a mystery
Till I heard my Annie saying--"I'm going, too, you see."
"George Mullen's Confession" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Designed for hygienic areas and suitable for all types of doors, the Fortress DMSK2 standalone, stainless steel, double door interlock has a minimal, smooth design to help reduce dirt traps while protecting workers from hazardous areas.
Advanced Steel TOPIC: Extrication Challenges of Advanced Steel in Vehicles: Part 5 OBJECTIVE: The rescuer will understand optional techniques to consider when confronted with a person trapped in a crash-damaged vehicle with an advanced steel.
1952 thriller 'The Steel Trap ' set to air, offering peek at yesterday's New Orleans.
Fans of New Orleans cinema are in for a special treat this weekend in the form of the "The Steel Trap, " director Andrew Stone's little-seen thriller which shot in town in 1952.
Thriller Rod Lott Not to be confused with 2007's Steel Trap, 1952's The Steel Trap is an obscure slice of semi-noir in a Leave It to Beaver world.
It comes late in the movie and, coming from Clint Eastwood's steel-trap mouth, it's sweet music.
A 20-p catalog depicts two lines of inverted bucket steam traps: cast iron and stainless steel.
When I was a kid, my daddy would set some 'steel traps' in the winter to "supplement his meager income".
Trappers are required to check steel-jawed leg hold traps, like the ones left by Dickerson, every 72 hours in an effort to prevent undue suffering to the animal, explained Hobbs.
All clearing traps are engineered to sit at a comfortable 45-degree angle and incorporate steel construction with recycled rubber to safely encapsulate bullets.
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In science:

The use of a vertical transport also leads to a non-standard design of the BEC apparatus which houses a QUIC trap within a steel chamber.
An apparatus for immersing trapped ions into an ultracold gas of neutral atoms
Low intensity white light was used to increase the loading rate of 87Rb atoms into a vapor cell magneto-optic trap by inducing non-thermal desorption of Rb atoms from the stainless steel walls of the vapor cell.
Loading a vapor cell magneto-optic trap using light-induced atom desorption
Our stainless steel vacuum chamber consisted of a vapor cell atom trapping chamber with indium-sealed windows, a liquid nitrogen-filled cold finger which protruded into the chamber, and a Rb cold finger at 0◦C, as shown in Fig. 1.
Loading a vapor cell magneto-optic trap using light-induced atom desorption
We abandoned using barium-aluminum alloy as a source of barium in 2003 due to evidence that either it or the previously used stainless-steel trap ring contained enough ferromagnetic impurities to corrupt our stable ∼ 1 G magnetic field at the site of the ion at the 10−4 level.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
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