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deathtrap

[deth-trap]
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noun
  1. a structure, place, or situation where there is imminent risk of death: They escaped from the deathtrap just before it exploded.
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Origin of deathtrap

First recorded in 1825–35; death + trap1
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Examples from the Web for deathtrap

Historical Examples

  • 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