trapdoor

[trap-dawr, -dohr]
noun
1.
a door flush with the surface of a floor, ceiling, or roof.
2.
the opening that it covers.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or like a trapdoor.
Also, trap door.


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English trappe dore. See trap1, door

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He stood beneath the trapdoor and pulled a kitchen chair into the hallway and
  stood on it.
He had to turn his back on the audience, spread a cloak and slip down a
  trapdoor and out of there.
The trapdoor is left open for several days, until the hogs are comfortable with
  it.
Ferrets have been observed returning to the cages for no more than a few days
  after the trapdoor was opened.
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