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STAMP, n.2 Also †stampt. A trap, esp. one which grips the victim by the foot, a gin-trap (Sc. 1808 Jam., as in combs. rotten-stamp for rats, foumart-stamp, for weasels or polecats). Comb. rat-stamp (Per., Fif. 1971). Kcd. 1721  Urie Court Bk. (S.H.S.) 119:
The killing of hares, doves, draick, and others are expressly prohibited to be killed with guns, pistollis, stampts, or other ingines.
Per. 1738  Caled. Mercury (25 April):
A certain Butcher of this Town, whose House was much molested with Spanish Rats, caused make a Stamp for catching these Vermin.
Edb. 1782  Caled. Mercury (11 May):
Large stamps, that will break a man's leg.
Rnf. 1788  E. Picken Poems 53:
Mony a trap, an' stamp, an' snare.
Ags. 1830  Perthshire Advert. (3 June):
A fox, which was caught in a stamp at Cortachy.
Fif. 1864  St Andrews Gaz. (24 Dec.):
Guilty to having stolen three rabbit stamps from a warren.

[Orig. somewhat uncertain. Cf. Du. dial. stap, id., but the form, if not simply representing an extended usage of, has been assimilated to, stamp, the contrivance being released by being trodden on. O.Sc. stamp, id., 1692.]

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