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 There is no other reason for families to pay thousands of euros for room on a floating death trap rather than a few hundred euros for seats on a short and convenient flight. Dimi Reider, Foreign Affairs, 16 Sep. 2015 The natural world is no friend, either: in one of the film’s most wrenching scenes, a swamp in a Polish forest becomes a death trap. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 21 June 2024 Arthur and Mordred’s forces are in this death trap because Mordred, the result of an incestuous affair between Arthur and his shape-shifting sister Morgana Le Fay, wants his father’s crown. Vikram Murthi, Vulture, 4 Mar. 2024 How a ‘death trap’ for fish in California’s water system is limiting the pumping of supplies. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for death trap 

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death trap was in 1828

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“Death trap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

death trap

: an object or situation likely to cause death
that old elevator is a death trap
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