death trap


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.

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When winds changed the fire’s direction, the resort town of Mati became a death trap. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "As Greek Wildfire Death Toll Climbs, Government Takes Responsibility," 27 July 2018 One after another, police officials singled out fentanyl as a potential death trap not only for drug users but also for officers who could be exposed to it. David Hernandez,, "Use of drug that reverses overdoses to expand to police, school campuses," 11 June 2018 But the fire has also raised the specter that the occupations could be death traps, where squatters make improvised connections to electrical lines and do any maintenance themselves. Sarah Dilorenzo, Fox News, "Fire in Sao Paulo squat shines light on housing shortage," 8 May 2018 Even if the other crew members did not get off the boat, and went to their deaths trapped in the boat, Sowden's team doesn't expect to excavate enough to find anything. Chuck Yarborough,, "Lost for 189 years, has the Lake Serpent been found in Lake Erie? Dives this summer to confirm," 23 Apr. 2018 The prehistoric black ooze that still seeps from the ground was a sticky death trap for the massive mammals that once roamed here. CBS News, "Subway construction unearths treasure trove of fossils from Los Angeles' prehistoric past," 22 Mar. 2018 The harnesses meant to keep the passengers safe on the doors-off helicopter flight had turned into death traps. Eric Levenson, CNN, "NYC helicopter crash puts scrutiny on harnesses in open-door choppers," 13 Mar. 2018 After the crash, police and fire department emergency divers, in frigid waters, discovered that the safety harnesses had become death traps. Ellie Kaufman, CNN, "Doors-off helicopters tours were all the rage. Not anymore," 18 Mar. 2018 Abandoned crab traps have been found to become death traps for more than two-dozen species of fish. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "State's annual crab-trap removal program makes tons of sense," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of death trap

1828, in the meaning defined above

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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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a secret plot to overthrow a government

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