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 Cumulatively seen, the demonetisation, the GST, or the lockdown are in fact not short sprints—but a continuum—a five-year-long marathon—that has turned into a death trap for small businesses employing the bulk of the informal workforce. Priya Dharshini, Quartz, 28 Nov. 2021 Hussain was accused of putting the victims in a death trap. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Hussain was accused of putting the victims in a death trap. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Hussain was accused of putting the victims in a death trap. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Hussain was accused of putting the victims in a death trap. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Hussain was accused of putting the victims in a death trap. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Hussain was accused of putting the victims in a death trap. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday night, the apartment turned into a death trap as water gushed into his unit and quickly overwhelmed him. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of death trap

1828, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death trap was in 1828

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13 Dec 2021

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“Death trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20trap. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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death trap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of death trap

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

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