Definition of bear trap in English:

bear trap

Pronunciation /ˈbɛː trap/


  • 1A trap designed to catch bears; especially one constructed of a pair of metal jaws which snap shut around the leg.

  • 2Stock Market
    A situation in which a rising price trend misleadingly appears to have been reversed, or it is wrongly believed that shares will not fall any further.

  • 3 figurative Anything likened to a trap for bears, typically with respect to its powerful or immovable grip; especially an inescapable predicament, a painful constraint or obstruction.

  • 4Cycling
    A type of bicycle pedal reminiscent in shape of an open bear trap.


Late 18th century. From bear + trap.