pitfall

noun

pit·​fall ˈpit-ˌfȯl How to pronounce pitfall (audio)
1
: trap entry 1, snare
specifically : a pit flimsily covered or camouflaged and used to capture and hold animals or people
2
: a hidden or not easily recognized danger or difficulty

Examples of pitfall in a Sentence

buying a house can be full of pitfalls for the unwary one of the pitfalls of ignorance is that people will also assume you're stupid
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitfall was in the 14th century

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“Pitfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitfall. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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pitfall

noun
pit·​fall ˈpit-ˌfȯl How to pronounce pitfall (audio)
1
: trap entry 1 sense 1, snare
especially : a covered or camouflaged pit used to capture animals or people
2
: a danger or difficulty that is hidden or is not easily recognized

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