monkey trap

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

monkey trap (plural monkey traps)

  1. (literally probably folk-lore) A cage containing a banana with a hole large enough for a monkey's hand to fit in, but not large enough for a monkey's fist (clutching a banana) to come out. Used to "catch" monkeys that lack the intellect to let go of the banana and run away.
  2. (figuratively) A clever trap of any sort, that owes its success to the ineptitude or gullibility of the victim.

SynonymsEdit

  • monkey jar
Last modified on 20 June 2013, at 16:48