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[deth-trap] /ˈdɛθˌtræp/
a structure, place, or situation where there is imminent risk of death:
They escaped from the deathtrap just before it exploded.
Origin of deathtrap
First recorded in 1825-35; death + trap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for death trap
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  • Have I your promise you will not try to get him into that death trap?

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • Even since then he had felt that Orvieto could be a death trap for him and all his men.

  • "We're walking right into a death trap," he told Neilson one morning.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
  • If you intend not to rot here in La Guayra, or be caught in a death trap, we must be up to the mountain top beforehand.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • So patent were these to all who concerned themselves in the matter that the train was nicknamed in the camp 'Wilson's death trap.'

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
  • My bad luck is being assigned to this death trap and watching the depraved and filthy things the natives do.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • The enemy, who had thought to split the 42nd to some purpose, were thus themselves caught in a death trap.

  • It was a death trap that any experienced mountaineer would recognize at a glance.

    Rescue Dog of the High Pass James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The qualities and characteristics of that death trap, the David, were well known to everybody.

    A Little Traitor to the South Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Next time he wants me to pull him out of a death trap, he can whistle for his pains!

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for death trap

death trap

a building, vehicle, etc, that is considered very unsafe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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