honey trap

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See also: honeytrap and honey-trap

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Popularised by John le Carré in the novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974).

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honey trap (plural honey traps) (idiomatic)

  1. The use of a romantic and/or sexual relationship to entice a person into revealing secret information.
    • 1974, John le Carré, chapter 12, in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, →ISBN:
      “Some girl had made a fool of him,” said Connie with great contempt. “The Dutch set him a honey trap, my dear, and he barged in with his eyes wide shut.”

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