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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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Phillip said he was furious that his son had been injured by a booby trap.
Derek McCulloch, 23, the court was told, almost lost his left hand when he tripped the booby trap at a shed and was blasted by the device at almost point-blank range.
When (officers) entered, they discovered a booby trap designed to blow the lab up, burn all the evidence and kill anyone there,'' said sheriff's Deputy Ed Tumbleson.
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BOOBY traps have been set for British Marines in Afghanistan.
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