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deadfall

[ded-fawl]
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noun
  1. a trap, especially for large game, in which a weight falls on and crushes the prey.
  2. a mass of brush and fallen trees.
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Origin of deadfall

First recorded in 1605–15; dead + fall
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Examples from the Web for deadfall

Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for deadfall

deadfall

noun
  1. a type of trap, used esp for catching large animals, in which a heavy weight falls to crush the preyAlso called: downfall
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