Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unsafe building or other structure.
  • n. A perilous circumstance or situation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An extremely dangerous location, structure or device.
  • n. A plot device where a villain in a story puts a hero in an elaborate dangerous situation for the purposes of attempting a sadistic murder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any structure that is very unsafe; where people are likely to be killed

Etymologies

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Examples

  • A through ticket by way of Nicaragua also cost less and, perhaps as important as everything else, Nicaragua was not known as a deathtrap.

    The Path Between the Seas

  • Kans., is known as a deathtrap for shock absorbers, while the pockmarked I-5 south of

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • They blamed "deathtrap" used cars (whose only real threat, of course, was to prices of new cars).

    Charles H. Green: We've All Caught the Detroit Disease

  • The Surplus People Project, monitoring resettlement camps, described it as a "deathtrap".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A Broadway office building that was illegally converted into high-end housing and that's been called a "deathtrap" managed to fly under the radar of the city's Buildings Department for at least five years -- even though inspectors were called to the property four times since

    NY Post: News

  • WASHINGTON - Army and Marine Corps officials knew nearly a decade before the invasion of Iraq that its workhorse Humvee vehicle was a "deathtrap" ...

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  • Bangkok nightclub fire: Inquiry into why 'deathtrap' had just one exit

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  • USA Today said Wednesday officials described the lightly armored vehicle as a "deathtrap" even when retrofitted with a mine-resistant kit developed in the mid-1990s.

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  • WASHINGTON - Army and Marine Corps officials knew nearly a decade before the invasion of Iraq that its workhorse Humvee vehicle, was a "deathtrap" even with armor added to protect it against roadside bombs, according to an inspector general's report.

    theleafchronicle.com - Local News

  • Its all well to go "bloody MOD what do they know", but when MOD listens to the people on the ground and buys what they want us to buy them (as so many here insist we should be doing all the time), we suddenly catch it because its a "deathtrap".

    Army Rumour Service

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