firetrap

noun
fire·​trap | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌtrap \

Definition of firetrap 

: a place (such as a building) apt to catch on fire or difficult to escape from in case of fire

Examples of firetrap in a Sentence

The factory was a firetrap and dozens of workers died before rescuers could reach them.

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Its gardens paved for parking, its murals caked with grime, its wires fraying and its circuits in every way overloaded, the palace had become a firetrap. Jane Kamensky, WSJ, "‘The Library Book’ Review: The People’s Palace," 11 Oct. 2018 Matthew Badger sued Borcina, alleging Borcina’s company performed shoddy renovations on the home, turning it into a firetrap. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Stamford Property Where Christmas Fire Claimed Five Lives Is On The Market," 21 June 2018 Located where African-American poverty was already concentrated, the Chicago high rises replaced barely habitable slum dwellings — wood-frame firetraps frequently without plumbing, heat or adequate sanitation. Richard Rothstein, New York Times, "A New Look at the New Deal’s Legacy of Public Housing," 13 Apr. 2018 These buildings were firetraps, made of cheap materials that burned easily. Pippa Biddle, The Atlantic, "Fire Escapes Are Evocative, But Mostly Useless," 25 Feb. 2018 Prosecutors say the men knowingly created a firetrap and deceived the building’s owner, police and fire officials about people living there. Time, "Two Men Are Being Charged With Manslaughter Over the Oakland Warehouse Fire," 15 Dec. 2017 Prosecutors say the men knowingly created a firetrap and deceived the building’s owner, police and fire officials about people living there. Time, "Two Men Are Being Charged With Manslaughter Over the Oakland Warehouse Fire," 15 Dec. 2017 Prosecutors say the men knowingly created a firetrap and deceived the building’s owner, police and fire officials about people living there. Time, "Two Men Are Being Charged With Manslaughter Over the Oakland Warehouse Fire," 15 Dec. 2017 Prosecutors say the men knowingly created a firetrap and deceived the building’s owner, police and fire officials about people living there. Washington Post, "2 will go to trial over 36 deaths in Oakland warehouse fire," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of firetrap

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of firetrap was in 1881

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firetrap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of firetrap

: a building that is difficult to get out of and is likely to have a deadly fire

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