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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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Related Words for deadfall

peril, risk, danger, snag, difficulty, drawback, web, toil, hook, setup, downfall, catch, mesh, entanglement, snare, pit, swindle, quicksand, mousetrap, deadfall

Examples from the Web for deadfall

Historical Examples of deadfall

  • 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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