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noun pit·fall \ˈpit-ˌfl\

: a danger or problem that is hidden or not obvious at first

Full Definition of PITFALL

:  trap, snare; specifically :  a pit flimsily covered or camouflaged and used to capture and hold animals or men
:  a hidden or not easily recognized danger or difficulty

Examples of PITFALL

  1. <buying a house can be full of pitfalls for the unwary>
  2. <one of the pitfalls of ignorance is that people will also assume you're stupid>

First Known Use of PITFALL

14th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

Rhymes with PITFALL

ALGOL, and all, Antall, appall, Argall, argol, air ball, ashfall, at all, atoll, AWOL, baseball, beach ball, beanball, befall, Bengal, best-ball, birdcall, blackball, Bokmål, bookstall, box stall, bradawl, brick wall, broomball, catcall, catchall, cell wall, COBOL, cold call, cornball, Cornwall, crown gall, cue ball, cure-all, curveball, deadfall, de Gaulle, dodgeball, downfall, downhaul, drywall, duck call, eight ball, enthrall, eyeball, fair ball, fastball, fireball, fire wall, foosball, football, footfall, footwall, forestall, forkball, foul ball, four-ball, fourth wall, free-fall, gadwall, game ball, glycol, golf ball, Goodall, goofball, googol, guildhall, hair ball, handball, hardball, headstall, heelball, highball, holdall, house call, icefall, infall, install, John Paul, jump ball, keelhaul, know-all, landfall, Landsmål, line-haul, line squall, lowball, Maillol, meatball, menthol, mess hall, miscall, mothball, Naipaul, naphthol, Nepal, nightfall, nutgall, oddball, outfall, outhaul, paintball, pinball, plimsoll, pratfall, prayer shawl, pub crawl, puffball, punchball, pushball, rainfall, rainsquall, recall, rial, Riksmål, rockfall, roll call, rorqual, Saint Paul, save-all, screwball, seawall, short-haul, shortfall, sick call, sidewall, sleazeball, slimeball, snowball, snowfall, softball, sour ball, speedball, spitball, stickball, stonewall, stone wall, stoopball, strip mall, T-ball, tea ball, tell-all, three-ball, toll call, town hall, trackball, Tyrol, Udall, Walsall, what all, whip stall, Whitehall, whitewall, windfall, windgall, withal, you-all
PITFALL Defined for Kids


noun pit·fall \ˈpit-ˌfl\

Definition of PITFALL for Kids

:  a covered or camouflaged pit used to capture animals or people
:  a danger or difficulty that is hidden or is not easily recognized <He soon learned the pitfalls of publishing.>


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