HyperDic: steel_trap

English > 2 senses of the expression steel trap:
NOUNcognitionsteel trapan acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps)
artifactsteel trapa trap made of steel with a strong spring and sharp toothlike projections to hold the prey
English > steel trap: 2 senses > noun 1, cognition
MeaningAn acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well-known sharpness of steel traps).
Examples
  • "he's as sharp as a steel trap"
  • "a mind like a steel trap"
Broaderacuteness, acuity, sharpness, keennessA quick and penetrating intelligence
English > steel trap: 2 senses > noun 2, artifact
MeaningA trap made of steel with a strong spring and sharp toothlike projections to hold the prey.
BroadertrapA device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

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