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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An explosive device designed to be triggered when an unsuspecting victim touches or disturbs a seemingly harmless object.
  • n. A situation that catches one off guard; a pitfall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An antipersonnel device deliberately hidden or disguised as a harmless object
  • n. An unforeseen source of danger; a pitfall

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any concealed device causing surprise or injury when a usually harmless object is touched; -- in military operations, typically containing an explosive charge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an explosive mine hidden underground; explodes when stepped on or driven over
  • n. an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty

Etymologies

From boobyĀ ("dunce, idiot"). (Wiktionary)

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