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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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  • Yet you serve him and all the time have a deathtrap in your den.

    Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia Author of "Old Broadbrim"
  • It did not seem possible that Allison could escape from the deathtrap.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Was it possible that face and eyes like those could have led him into a deathtrap!

    The Danger Trail James Oliver Curwood
  • The northern boundary of the Park should be extended northward beyond Gardiner, or else the deathtrap should be moved elsewhere.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The "protected" train had proved a deathtrap, and by the time the line was clear every fourth man was killed or wounded.

    Real Soldiers of Fortune Richard Harding Davis
  • He had given up hope that O'Malley or Allison would be able to break through and crack the deathtrap.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Instead of a garden of delights, they had walked into a deathtrap at the gate of entrance.

    The Battle of New Orleans Zachary F. Smith

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