death trap

noun

Definition of death trap

  1. :  a structure or situation that is potentially very dangerous to life

Examples of death trap in a sentence

  1. That old elevator is a death trap.

  2. The factory was a death trap with too few exits for the workers to use in case of a fire.

1828

First Known Use of death trap

1828


DEATH TRAP Defined for English Language Learners

death trap

noun

Definition of death trap for English Language Learners

  • : a building, vehicle, etc., that is very dangerous and could cause someone's death

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