Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • noun An extremely dangerous location, structure or device.
  • noun 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.

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

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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.

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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" ...

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