fire·​trap ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌtrap How to pronounce firetrap (audio)
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firetrap was in 1881

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“Firetrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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fire·​trap ˈfī(ə)r-ˌtrap How to pronounce firetrap (audio)
: a building or place that is apt to catch on fire or is difficult to escape from in case of fire
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