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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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That's all I have to tell you, and unless you are a great booby, it ought to be enough for you.
The following list completes, I believe, the terrestrial fauna: a fly (Olfersia) living on the booby, and a tick which must have come here as a parasite on the birds; a small brown moth, belonging to a genus that feeds on feathers; a beetle (Quedius) and a woodlouse from beneath the dung; and lastly, numerous spiders, which I suppose prey on these small attendants and scavengers of the water-fowl.
You old booby," Rebecca said, pinching his ear and looking over to see that he made no mistakes in spelling--"beseech is not spelt with an a, and earliest is.
Other motes there were which showed him as a heavy, selfish, drifting Booby, who, having stumbled, in the course of his unwieldy jostlings against other men, on the discovery that to get through life with ease and credit, he had but to hold his tongue, keep the bald part of his head well polished, and leave his hair alone, had had just cunning enough to seize the idea and stick to it.
Calling these things to mind, and ranging Mr Pancks in a row with them, Arthur Clennam leaned this day to the opinion, without quite deciding on it, that the last of the Patriarchs was the drifting Booby aforesaid, with the one idea of keeping the bald part of his head highly polished: and that, much as an unwieldy ship in the Thames river may sometimes be seen heavily driving with the tide, broadside on, stern first, in its own way and in the way of everything else, though making a great show of navigation, when all of a sudden, a little coaly steam-tug will bear down upon it, take it in tow, and bustle off with it; similarly the cumbrous Patriarch had been taken in tow by the snorting Pancks, and was now following in the wake of that dingy little craft.
Was such an absolute Booby necessary to the purpose?
The three booby trapped cars caused the falling of martyrs of military men and civilians, as well as inflicting material damage to public and private properties.
For the first three hours he used a pseudo Cat Booby on the bob, a Cormorant in the middle, and a Candy Floss Booby on the tail.
Police say booby-trapped IED used in capital for the first time Besides, evidence collected from one of the blast sites showed that it was a booby trap which was never used in the capital before.
Just over two years ago dissidents killed their first victim in their booby trap bomb campaign when they targeted PSNI officer Ronan Kerr.
Bird-watchers in Buffalo are buzzing over the sighting of a brown booby.
Patterns: Orange Booby, Cat Booby, Tequila Booby, Black Fritz.