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booby trap

[′büb·ē ‚trap]
(ordnance)
An explosive charge such as a mine, grenade, demolition block, shell, or bulk explosive fitted with a detonator and a firing device, and usually concealed and set to explode when an unsuspecting person touches off its firing mechanism by stepping upon, lifting, or moving a harmless-looking object.
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From the napalm bombardments of civilian villages and the gruesome VC (Viet Cong) boobytraps, to the permanent threat of invisible foes and deadly ambushes, Shellshock: Nam '67 dares to go where no other war game has gone.
Protection of United Nations forces and missions from the effects of minefields, mines and boobytraps.
However, Arsenal may not have it all their own way because Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has been known in the past to ditch the Istanbul club's preferred system to plant boobytraps for opponents he respects.
The KLA must clear minefields and boobytraps within seven days, leave checkpoints and end any military activity unless approved by Lt-Gen Jackson.
THERE'S some sci-fi suspense but far too much talk as a bunch of prisoners try to make their way out of a high-tech maze dotted with nasty boobytraps like razor wire and acid.
Any delay would give the terrorists more chances to set boobytraps and they could have started executing hostages.
Officers then raced to his third-floor flat about four miles away, which was filled with boobytraps.
BOMBERS have stepped up their deadly game by planting a device and attaching trip wires to set off other boobytraps inside a police station.
They fight an invisible enemy whose tactic is to set boobytraps and then retreat to a safe distance.
A TERRORIST training manual found in the home of one of the men accused of being in a plot to send equipment to terror groups in Pakistan contained details of bomb-making, boobytraps and poisons, a court heard.
A visit never fails to feel like either a particularly ominous episode of Casualty or as if the Viet-Cong have hurriedly left the scene leaving an array of deadly domestic boobytraps - usually of the hot oven, bleach and cat litter variety - in their wake.