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

  • noun An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard.
  • noun A concealed hole in the ground that serves as a trap.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lead into a pitfall; insnare.
  • noun A pit into which an animal may fall unawares, the opening being so covered as to escape observation.
  • noun Hence Figuratively, any concealed danger or source of disaster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A pit deceitfully covered to entrap wild beasts or men; a trap of any kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a potential problem, hazard, or danger that is easily encountered but not immediately obvious.
  • noun computing An anti-pattern.

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

  • noun a trap in the form of a concealed hole
  • noun an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

pit +‎ fall



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