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1. A device for snaring small game, made by attaching a noose to a branch under tension.
2. A trap or snare.
[Middle English, branch, spring; see spring.]
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(Hunting) a snare set to catch small wild animals or birds and consisting of a loop attached to a bent twig or branch under tension
1. (Hunting) (intr) to set such a snare
2. (Hunting) (tr) to catch (small wild animals or birds) with such a snare
[C13: related to Old English springan to spring]
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a snare for catching small game.
[1200–50; Middle English; Old English *sprencg, ultimately derivative from base of spring]
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Past participle: springed
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