A carriage, especially such as a phäeton, dog-cart, commercial
sulky, and such like. It is not applied to a gentleman's close
carriage. Contraction of trappings (whatever is “put on,” furniture for horses, decorations, etc.).
“The trap in question was a carriage which the Major had bought for
six pounds sterling.” —Thackeray: Vanity Fair, chap. lx vii.
Luggage, as “Leave your traps at the station,” “I must look
after my traps,” etc. (See above.)
“The traps were packed up as quickly as possible and the party drove
away.” —Daily Telegraph.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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