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trapdoor

or trap door

[trap-dawr, -dohr] /ˈtræpˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr/
noun
1.
a door flush with the surface of a floor, ceiling, or roof.
2.
the opening that it covers.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or like a trapdoor.
Also called drop.
Origin of trapdoor
1325-1375
First recorded in 1325-75, trapdoor is from the Middle English word trappe dore. See trap1, door
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  • He stepped to a corner of the room and by a ring he raised a trapdoor.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • At this juncture, Pierre and Paul Lanier emerge from a trapdoor, cutting off escape.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • There was a trapdoor in the floor that was right over the river.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
  • The trapdoor had been left open, and I thought that was the place it came through.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • Again he followed, mounting by a ladder, through a trapdoor on to the roof.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • It was dark, but the light from the trapdoor enabled them to see a little after a while.

  • The only access to this back cellar was through a trapdoor in the floor of the room above.

  • So at night she opened the trapdoor and let herself down by a rope.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • However hard they might try, the trapdoor would not budge an inch.

    The Manor House School Angela Brazil

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