mousetrap

n
British
a Japanese person.
An item of cockney rhyming slang (for Jap) which probably originated during World War II, but is still heard, for instance, among City financial traders in London.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • mousetrap — mouse trap , mouse trap mouse trap , n. 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mousetrap — Mousetrap, The a play by Agatha Christie, which was first performed in the ↑West End of London in 1952, and has been performed there continuously for longer than any other play in the world. It is a ↑whodunit (=a play about a murder in which you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mousetrap — late 15c., from MOUSE (Cf. mouse) + TRAP (Cf. trap) (n.). Figurative use from 1570s. The thing is older than the word. Old English had musfealle; Middle English had mouscacche (late 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mousetrap — ☆ mousetrap [mous′trap΄] n. a trap for catching mice vt. mousetrapped, mousetrapping to trick or ensnare by means of a feint or stratagem …   English World dictionary

  • Mousetrap — For other uses, see Mousetrap (disambiguation). A mouse killed in a mousetrap. A mousetrap is a specialized type of animal trap designed primarily to catch mice; however, it may also trap other small animals. Mousetraps are usually set in an… …   Wikipedia

  • mousetrap — /mows trap /, n., v., mousetrapped, mousetrapping. n. 1. a trap for mice, esp. one consisting of a rectangular wooden base on which a metal spring is mounted. 2. a device, machine, or the like whose structure or function suggests a trap for mice …   Universalium

  • mousetrap — UK [ˈmaʊsˌtræp] / US noun [countable] Word forms mousetrap : singular mousetrap plural mousetraps a small object with a spring, used for catching and killing mice …   English dictionary

  • mousetrap — I. noun Date: 15th century 1. a trap for mice 2. a stratagem that lures one to defeat or destruction 3. trap 2b II. transitive verb Date: circa 1864 to snare in or as if in a mousetrap …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mousetrap — 1. noun a) Device for capturing or killing mice and other rodents. But what happens if they build a better mousetrap? b) A website designed to open another copy of itself when the user tries to close the webpage. Frequently used by advertisers… …   Wiktionary

  • mousetrap — Addictive site, one that keeps your attention for a long time or keeps you coming back for more. Pseudodictionary.com is one wicked mousetrap …   Dictionary of american slang

  • mousetrap — [[t]ma͟ʊstræp[/t]] mousetraps N COUNT A mousetrap is a small device that catches or kills mice …   English dictionary

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