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[ded-fawl] /ˈdɛdˌfɔl/
a trap, especially for large game, in which a weight falls on and crushes the prey.
a mass of brush and fallen trees.
Origin of deadfall
First recorded in 1605-15; dead + fall Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And I hope you get caught in some kind of deadfall and have to come screaming to the cops.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Five days after we struck camp we caught a black bear in a deadfall.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
  • Why didn't you have a deadfall for the foxes as you had for the bears?

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • But neither the steel-trap nor the deadfall is wholly satisfactory.

  • A deadfall will act just as effectively; but there is one point requiring care.

  • Long about noon he found him by a deadfall alongside of a bar.

  • Of course a little pen has to be built when setting this deadfall with bait.

    Deadfalls and Snares A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Will say that there is a right and a wrong way to set the deadfall.

    Deadfalls and Snares A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • During November and December, 1897, I caught 11 skunk in one deadfall like this one.

    Deadfalls and Snares A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Long in the '80's in five winters eight mink were caught in one deadfall.

    Deadfalls and Snares A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
British Dictionary definitions for deadfall


a type of trap, used esp for catching large animals, in which a heavy weight falls to crush the prey Also called downfall
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