pitfall

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noun pit·fall \ˈpit-ˌfȯl\

Definition of pitfall

  1. 1 :  trap, snare; specifically :  a pit flimsily covered or camouflaged and used to capture and hold animals or men

  2. 2 :  a hidden or not easily recognized danger or difficulty

Examples of pitfall in a sentence

  1. <buying a house can be full of pitfalls for the unwary>

  2. <one of the pitfalls of ignorance is that people will also assume you're stupid>

14th Century

First Known Use of pitfall

14th century

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PITFALL Defined for English Language Learners

pitfall

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noun pit·fall \ˈpit-ˌfȯl\

Definition of pitfall for English Language Learners

  • : a danger or problem that is hidden or not obvious at first


PITFALL Defined for Kids

pitfall

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noun pit·fall \ˈpit-ˌfȯl\

Definition of pitfall for Students

  1. 1 :  a covered or camouflaged pit used to capture animals or people

  2. 2 :  a danger or difficulty that is hidden or is not easily recognized <He soon learned the pitfalls of publishing.>



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