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
Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s style as the answer—a pitfall when so many suburban voters chose Republican statehouse candidates but Biden for president. Thomas Beaumont, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden shores up fragile Midwest ‘blue wall’ to rebuild Democrats’ path back to White House," 8 Nov. 2020 Another possible pitfall that’s come to light this week? Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Will the US election get decided on election night ever again?," 6 Nov. 2020 There’s an important pitfall to look out for this election season: misinformation. Cynthia Gordy Giwa, The Enquirer, "How to spot and fight election disinformation: a voter's guide," 26 Oct. 2020 Signature verification is one way election officials verify absentee ballots — and one potential pitfall for voters. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: The final countdown," 28 Oct. 2020 That fury has burst out in some emotional moments during the last few days of debate, but Democrats keep trying to avoid that pitfall so close to the election. Author: Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "Angry Democrats turn focus on health care as they watch Barrett confirmation," 27 Oct. 2020 There’s an important pitfall to look out for this election season: misinformation. Cynthia Gordy Giwa, The Enquirer, "How to spot and fight election disinformation: a voter's guide," 26 Oct. 2020 There’s an important pitfall to look out for this election season: misinformation. Cynthia Gordy Giwa, The Enquirer, "How to spot and fight election disinformation: a voter's guide," 26 Oct. 2020 There’s an important pitfall to look out for this election season: misinformation. Cynthia Gordy Giwa, ProPublica, "How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of pitfall

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Nov 2020

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“Pitfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitfall. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for pitfall

pitfall

noun
How to pronounce pitfall (audio)

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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