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entrapment,

in law, the instigation of a crime in the attempt to obtain cause for a criminal prosecution. Situations in which a government operative merely provides the occasion for the commission of a criminal act (e.g., when an undercover agent posing as a narcotics dealer is approached by a would-be customer) do not constitute entrapment. Only when the crime was not initially contemplated by the target is entrapment said to occur: thus, for example, an undercover agent may not recruit a previously law-abiding individual into a drug distribution ring in order to prosecute. Many police operations, especially in the areas of drugs and gambling, raise questions of entrapment, which is available as a defense in a trial.

entrapment

[en′trap·mənt]
(geology)
The underground trapping of oil or gas reserves by folds, faults, domes, asphaltic seals, unconformities, and such.

Entrapment

Fear of Flying
metaphor for housewife Isadora Wing’s temporary inability to achieve self-awareness. [Am. Lit.: Fear of Flying]
Frome, Ethan
chained to detestable wife and unsalable farm. [Am. Lit.: Ethan Frome]
Loman, Willy
despite dreams of success, he is condemned to failure. [Am. Drama; Death of a Salesman, Payton, 397]
Nora
trapped in the domesticity demanded by her husband. [Nor. Lit.: Ibsen A Doll’s House]
Prufrock, J. Alfred
aware that his life is meaningless and empty, he struggles to rise above it, but cannot. [Br. Lit.: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in Payton, 548]
Rochester, Edward
tied to insane wife; cannot marry Jane Eyre. [Br. Lit.: Jane Eyre]
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By making her own "policy" the very means for entrapping her, Sir Alexander attempts to transform her agency into a restriction that would restore the social order, provide a house without shame and a heart without grief and thus make himself whole again.
They're playing at police officers, grabbing the speed guns and entrapping poor Astra drivers, like myself, who may occasionally sneak over the 30mph mark into the dizzy speed of 32.5mph.
The viscous flow of metal in the mold is much less turbulent than 100% liquid, allowing for rapid fill of thin sections (2-3mm) without entrapping cavity atmosphere, Jorstad said, stressing that thin sections translate to reduced part weight.