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booby trap

n. a device set up to be triggered to harm or kill anyone entering the trap, such as a shot gun which will go off if a room is entered, or dynamite which will explode if the ignition key on an auto is turned. If a person sets up such a trap to protect his/her property he/she will be liable for any injury or death even to an unwanted intruder such as a burglar. Setting a booby trap is also a crime.

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Young entered a plea to one count of cultivation of marijuana and one count of maintaining a booby trap device after prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of possession of marijuana for sale.
Besides three major bridges, there are two tunnels more than 100 metres long which will also have to be painstakingly checked for booby traps.
He added: "Many of the main routes will have been heavily mined and they will have to be extremely careful approaching houses and flats because booby traps will have been left.
Working their way through the maze of hallways and rooms in the complex, they must use each other's tools to disarm the booby traps that protect the top-secret tiles.
Kosovo is assumed to be littered with mines and Serbian booby traps.
Those first units, British paratroopers and Gurkha riflemen, will immediately shift to searching for booby traps and the thousands of mines Serbian troops planted since shortly after the war began on March 24.
The booby traps had nails from end to end and width to width,'' said Deputy Chris Keeling, describing the boards of 4-by-8-foot plywood.
Diplomats and Red Cross workers have said they believed that the rebels laid the booby traps in the gardens surrounding the residence to help avert a counterattack by government forces.