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Mind like a steel trap

Posted by TheFallen on March 13, 2003

In Reply to: Mind like a steel trap posted by ESC on March 12, 2003

: : Any ideas on the origin of... He has "a mind like a steel trap?"

: I am away from my library, so I'm guessing. Having a "mind like a steel trap" means immediately grasping new ideas, etc., like a trap snaps down on an animal's leg.

Yes I'd agree, except I also think it has the connotation of an intelligence that is brutally efficient, merciless and inescapable. For example, a lawyer with a mind like a steel trap would instantly seize upon the smallest of incongruities in a witness's testimony and use it to destroy his credibility.