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Mousetrap   /mˈaʊstrˌæp/   Listen
Mousetrap

noun
1.
A trap for catching mice.
2.
(American football) a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated.  Synonym: trap play.






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"Mousetrap" Quotes from Famous Books



... that Charles VIII. in 1495 returned from Tuscany, when the army of the League was drawn up waiting to intercept and crush him in the mousetrap of Fornovo. No road remained for Charles and his troops but the rocky bed of the Taro, running, as I have described it, between the spurs of steep hills. It is true that the valley of the Baganza leads, from a little higher up among the mountains, ...
— Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series • John Addington Symonds

... sort of mousetrap; the brutes came out by twos and three, just as I said they would, for the better part of three days. It was either surrender or starve with them, and after five-sixths of them had elected not to starve we turned a couple of companies ...
— The Bronze Bell • Louis Joseph Vance



Words linked to "Mousetrap" :   play, American football, American football game, manoeuvre, trap, maneuver



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