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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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Crupp's pitfalls, and also to the prints of recent footsteps.
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.
His true objective was the provision of a full, accurate, legible script for our noble but ill-dressed language; but he was led past that by his contempt for the popular Pitman system of Shorthand, which he called the Pitfall system.
5] I was interested by finding here the hollow conical pitfall of the lion-ant, or some other insect; first a fly fell down the treacherous slope and immediately disappeared; then came a large but unwary ant; its struggles to escape being very violent, those curious little jets of sand, described by Kirby and Spence
This Australian pitfall was only about half the size of that made by the European lion-ant.
One more bandage had been torn from his eyes, one more pitfall was revealed to him
By then making a loop of about a couple of miles into the open country at the back of Pumblechook's premises, I got round into the High-street again, a little beyond that pitfall, and felt myself in comparative security.
Of course there were plenty who envied him his large custom, and many was the pitfall set for me, so that he never dared to let me out of his sight.
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