elephant trap



elephant trap (plural elephant traps)

  1. (literally) A trap to catch elephants.
  2. A trap which can easily be avoided by a competent person.
  3. A trap designed to prove that anyone who does fall into it is not a competent person.
    I've set him an elephant trap. If he falls in he'll look like a clown.
  4. (chess) A faulty attempt by White to win a pawn in a popular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined.