pitfall

noun pit·fall \ ˈpit-ˌfȯl \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of pitfall

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

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First Known Use of pitfall

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PITFALL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pitfall for English Language Learners

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


PITFALL Defined for Kids

pitfall

noun pit·fall \ ˈpit-ˌfȯl \

Definition of pitfall for Students

1 : a covered or camouflaged pit used to capture animals or people
2 : a danger or difficulty that is hidden or is not easily recognized He soon learned the pitfalls of publishing.


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