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Definition of 'snare'


  1. something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion"
       Synonyms: trap
  2. a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head
       Synonyms: snare drum side drum
  3. a surgical instrument consisting of wire hoop that can be drawn tight around the base of polyps or small tumors to sever them; used especially in body cavities
  4. strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit
  5. a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
       Synonyms: gin noose


  1. catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes"
       Synonyms: trap entrap ensnare trammel
  2. entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
       Synonyms: hook

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