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pitfall

[pit-fawl] /ˈpɪtˌfɔl/
noun
1.
a lightly covered and unnoticeable pit prepared as a trap for people or animals.
2.
any trap or danger for the unwary:
the pitfall of excessive pride.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English pittefalle, equivalent to pitte pit1 + falle (Old English fealle) trap
Synonyms
1, 2. See trap1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for pitfall

pitfall

/ˈpɪtˌfɔːl/
noun
1.
an unsuspected difficulty or danger
2.
a trap in the form of a concealed pit, designed to catch men or wild animals
Word Origin
Old English pyttpit1 + fealle trap
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Word Origin and History for pitfall
n.

c.1300, "concealed hole," a type of animal trap, from pit (n.1) + fall (n.). Extended sense of "any hidden danger" is first recorded early 15c.

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