1. a small, sprung, two-wheeled carriage, a gig.
|Miseries of Human Life (1826) 96: Bidding a long adieu to Bedlam in the shape of an inn [...] and a travelling trap for a sitting room!|
|Vanity Fair III 294: There’s Dob’s trap – they are bringing it out of the court-yard.|
|Lewis Arundel 343: Is this your trap? [...] what an awkward thing to get into.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 130/2: We found the hostler and got the ‘trap’ fixed, and off we drove for Marsh Lane.|
|Hamilton Spectator (Vic.) 7 Jan. 1/7: If he possesses a vehicle, it is invariably a ‘trap,’ or ‘drag;’ and he no longer drives: he ‘tools it’.|
|London Life 44: You’re the noisiest warmint I ever druv in this here fashionable trap.|
|Three Brass Balls 155: Neat traps stop at the doors on Sundays.|
2. (US) a dilapidated old car.
|Grapes of Wrath (1951) 123: We on’y stopped here ’cause this goddamn ol’ trap wouldn’t go no further.|
|My Main Mother 132: Look at you! Driving an old raggedy-ass station wagon [...] Now, get this trap out of here!|
(US Und.) a stolen car .
|DAUL 103/2: Hot trap. A stolen automobile.et al.|