pitfall

noun
pit·​fall | \ ˈpit-ˌfȯl How to pronounce pitfall (audio) \

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

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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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Women face many pitfalls when trying to climb the ladder at Wall Street banks. Michelle Ma, WSJ, "Top Wall Street Women Say Technology Can Help Close the Gender Gap," 21 Mar. 2019 Investigations by New York have always loomed as a potential pitfall for Trump — whose business empire is based in the state — and for Trump associates. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump Foundation shuts down amid lawsuit alleging a “shocking pattern of illegality”," 18 Dec. 2018 The crew got around this rather surprising pitfall by using voice pipes from the bridge to confer navigational orders. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 Avendaño says the most common bronzer pitfall is using too much at the start. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Exactly How You Should Apply Bronzer," 30 Jan. 2019 That’s a pitfall Coates and his team were careful to avoid. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Crazy Rich Asians Made Its Wedding-on-a-Budget Look Like $40 Million," 6 Sep. 2018 Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's intellectual property team, thinks Tinder's case faces many of the same pitfalls. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Dating Looks a Lot Like Hinge," 3 May 2018 Hopefully, King of Monsters, with the help of Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, can avoid some of those pitfalls. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 Having a knack for architecture and materials helps Arps address some of the pitfalls—specifically, noise—that come with the open floorplans young companies prefer. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Dani Arps Knows How To Design Rooms That Help You Get Things Done," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of pitfall

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pitfall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pitfall

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

pitfall

noun
pit·​fall | \ ˈpit-ˌfȯl How to pronounce pitfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of pitfall

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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