death trap

noun

Definition of death trap

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

Examples of death trap in a Sentence

That old elevator is a death trap. The factory was a death trap with too few exits for the workers to use in case of a fire.
Recent Examples on the Web On the battlefield, any doorway can be a death trap. Elliott Ackerman, Wired, "A Navy SEAL, a Quadcopter, and a Quest to Save Lives in Combat," 30 Oct. 2020 For most of its history, Venus could have been as habitable as Earth—until sometime in the last billion years, when ballooning greenhouse gases transformed the planet from an oasis into a death trap. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Possible sign of life on Venus stirs up heated debate," 14 Sep. 2020 The evil, mocking cunning of this virus is to have rendered all those temples of delight and enlightenment potential death traps. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 17–22," 22 Mar. 2020 Inmates, their family members and several medical experts have described the prison as a death trap. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'Freedom Rally' protesting Beshear, coronavirus shutdown draws 100+ to the Capitol Saturday," 23 May 2020 The evil, mocking cunning of this virus is to have rendered all those temples of delight and enlightenment potential death traps. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 17–22," 22 Mar. 2020 Police stations and mansions half-collapsed, turned into death traps and filled with monsters. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The Resident Evil 3 Remake Seems Doomed to Fail," 3 Apr. 2020 The evil, mocking cunning of this virus is to have rendered all those temples of delight and enlightenment potential death traps. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 17–22," 22 Mar. 2020 The evil, mocking cunning of this virus is to have rendered all those temples of delight and enlightenment potential death traps. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 21 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of death trap

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Death trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20trap. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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death trap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of death trap

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

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