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pitfall

[ pit-fawl ]
/ ˈpɪtˌfɔl /
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noun

a lightly covered and unnoticeable pit prepared as a trap for people or animals.
any trap or danger for the unwary: the pitfall of excessive pride.

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Origin of pitfall

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English pittefalle, equivalent to pittepit1 + falle (Old English fealle) “trap”

synonym study for pitfall

1, 2. See trap1.
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British Dictionary definitions for pitfall

pitfall
/ (ˈpɪtˌfɔːl) /

noun

an unsuspected difficulty or danger
a trap in the form of a concealed pit, designed to catch men or wild animals

Word Origin for pitfall

Old English pytt pit 1 + fealle trap
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