steel-trap
adjective Date: 1945 quick, incisive <
a steel-trap mind
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  • Steel trap — Steel Steel (st[=e]l), n. [AS. st[=e]l, st[=y]l, st[=y]le; akin to D. staal, G. stahl, OHG. stahal, Icel. st[=a]l, Dan. staal, Sw. st[*a]l, Old Prussian stakla.] 1. (Metal) A variety of iron intermediate in composition and properties between… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steel Trap — est un film allemand réalisé par Luis Cámara, sorti en 2007. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Fiche technique 3 Distribution 4 Autour du film …   Wikipédia en Français

  • steel-trap — (stēlʹtrăpʹ) adj. Very quick and keen; trenchant: a steel trap intellect. * * * …   Universalium

  • steel trap — steel′ trap′ n. cvb a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut • Etymology: 1725–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • steel trap — noun 1. an acute intelligence (an analogy based on the well known sharpness of steel traps) (Freq. 1) he s as sharp as a steel trap a mind like a steel trap • Hypernyms: ↑acuteness, ↑acuity, ↑sharpness, ↑keenness 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • steel-trap — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: from the phrase as sharp as a steel trap : extremely quick and penetrating of intellect a steel trap mind * * * steel trap, a trap with jaws and spring of steel. steel trap «STEEL TRAP», adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • steel trap — a trap for catching animals, consisting of spring operated steel jaws with sharp projections that clamp shut. [1725 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • The Steel Trap — Infobox Film name = The Steel Trap image size = imdb id = 0045190 producer = Bert E. Friedlob director = Andrew L. Stone writer = Andrew L. Stone (screenplay) starring = Joseph Cotten Teresa Wright cinematography = Ernest Laszlo editing = Otto… …   Wikipedia

  • mind like a steel trap — {n. phr.} A very quick and understanding mind, which is quick to catch an idea. * /Henry is not fond of sports, but he has a mind like a steel trap./ * /A successful lawyer must have a mind like a steel trap./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mind like a steel trap — {n. phr.} A very quick and understanding mind, which is quick to catch an idea. * /Henry is not fond of sports, but he has a mind like a steel trap./ * /A successful lawyer must have a mind like a steel trap./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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