pitfall


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pitfall

a trap in the form of a concealed pit, designed to catch men or wild animals
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This Australian pitfall was only about half the size of that made by the European lion-ant.
Crupp's pitfalls, and also to the prints of recent footsteps.
These they shot, or trapped in pitfalls, using the flesh for food, and, after their clothes wore out, the hides for clothing.
What further pitfalls and dangers lay ahead he could not guess; but that he was as far as ever from liberty he was quite willing to believe, so depressing is utter absence of light to one in unfamiliar surroundings.
Body number four, under dreary pretences of being droll (when it was very melancholy indeed), made the shallowest pretences of concealing pitfalls of knowledge, into which it was the duty of these babies to be smuggled and inveigled.
It was a cross-country road, full, after the first three or four miles, of holes and cart-ruts, which, being covered by the snow, were so many pitfalls to the trembling horses, and obliged them to keep a footpace.
But the perilous journey on which she had now adventured herself had another end in view -- an end, dark and distant -- an end, with pitfalls hidden on the way to it, far other than the shallow pitfalls on the way to the stage.
The point hath been weightily discussed, whether we, that are of authority and influence, do well discharge our consciences by trusting an immortal soul, such as there is in yonder child, to the guidance of one who hath stumbled and fallen amid the pitfalls of this world.
Their speed was slow, however, because pitfalls were somewhat common, and had to be guarded against.
She's like a gentle little doe feeding on lilies--she doesn't dream of the pitfalls ahead of her.
I will but continue to stumble into more and more serious pitfalls.
The aim of the present work was to obtain a detailed description of a ground-foraging ant assemblage during one year in a Caatinga area using pitfall traps, and to test the effect of rainfall on pitfall trapping efficiency.