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run the traps
 v. phr.— «Jones said he is “running the traps” to determine whether he has the votes to seek a rules change when the Democrats caucus. If successful, he then would have to beat out Panetta, which would be a tough fight.» —“Tip’s Slips Won’t Stop Re-Election” by Allan Cromley Sunday Oklohoman (Oklahoma City, Okla) Dec. 2, 1984. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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