from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A building that can catch fire easily or is difficult to escape from in the event of fire.
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- n. A building with limited emergency exits in which people would be trapped in the event of a fire.
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- n. a building that would be hard to escape from if it were to catch fire
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The move comes after a recent walk-through by federal building inspectors, who told administration officials that the cramped press quarters were a "firetrap" and generally unsafe.
So, at 6 a.m. I begin tearing down all my stuff which takes about an hour now thanks to the firetrap which is my lighting system.
We carried no insurance, and so many would say we had a "firetrap" there.
One prognosticator, Ann Mack, a journalist turned director of trend-spotting for JWT, a global marketing communicator, says her New York City apartment is a "firetrap" with all the periodicals she stuffs in every available inch of real estate.
Just like the gossip that spread from locker to locker, a farm of cubicles is the perfect "firetrap" for rumors.
Apparently that was the plan back in the 1950s, when the Beavers were planning their relocation out of their old stadium on NW Vaughn Street -- an all-wood, turn-of-the-century firetrap, according to our buddy.
He had warned the Giants, warned the National League, and warned the city that the Polo Grounds were a firetrap, a tragedy waiting to happen.
Everyone in my town would tell you that I grew up in a rat-hole firetrap and that my chosen profession was all about bringing color and clarity and order into a life of chaos.
Taxing property owners for a fire department, for example, hurts the offbeat guy who would rather live in a fireproof cave and benefits the guy whose house is a firetrap since he fills it with old newspapers.
When we turn our eyes upward to the center staircase in a 19th-century house we don't think "beauty," we think "firetrap."