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firetrap

[fahyuh r-trap]
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noun
  1. a building that, because of its age, material, structure, or the like, is especially dangerous in case of fire.
  2. (in a building) any arrangement of structural, flooring, and finish members creating concealed passages through which fire can spread to other parts of the building.

Origin of firetrap

First recorded in 1880–85; fire + trap1
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  • Stan wanted to ask that Jerry a few questions, and the Jerry had to be rescued from his firetrap or he couldn't do it.

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British Dictionary definitions for firetrap

firetrap

noun
  1. a building that would burn easily or one without fire escapes
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