firetrap

noun
fire·​trap | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌtrap How to pronounce firetrap (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Five months after the trial began, jurors found Harris not guilty, while only 10 of the 12 jurors could agree Almena was guilty of negligence in turning the warehouse into a deadly firetrap. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus: Ghost Ship defendant Derick Almena released from jail," 4 May 2020 Five months after the trial began, jurors found Harris not guilty, while only 10 of the 12 jurors could agree Almena was guilty of negligence in turning the warehouse into a deadly firetrap. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus: Ghost Ship defendant Derick Almena released from jail," 4 May 2020 In 2009, after years of inaction, government agencies evacuated the bunkhouse, which had devolved into a fetid firetrap of neglect. Dan Barry, New York Times, "Willie Levi, 73, Dies; He Escaped a Life of Servitude," 30 Apr. 2020 Five months after the trial began, jurors found Harris not guilty, while only 10 of the 12 jurors could agree Almena was guilty of negligence in turning the warehouse into a deadly firetrap. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship trial: Derick Almena to be retried in deadly warehouse fire case," 4 Oct. 2019 The pair are accused of recklessly and illegally building a firetrap and allowing the space to be used for a music festival that attracted all but one of the victims who died in the fire. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship defendant drilled in second day of cross-examination," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of firetrap

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Firetrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firetrap. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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firetrap

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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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