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Meaning of "running the traps"

Posted by Bruce Kahl on April 01, 2005

In Reply to: Meaning of "running the traps" posted by John on March 31, 2005

: from politics

"Running the traps" is a phrase from hunting. First you set or fix the traps, then you go back later and run or check the traps to see if you have caught anything in your traps.

Politically you are running the traps when you are testing the waters to see if a program you want or a law you need passed is popular enough to start the process of garnering enough votes and support to push forward with your program.