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trapdoor

or trap door

[trap-dawr, -dohr] /ˈtræpˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr/
noun
1.
a door flush with the surface of a floor, ceiling, or roof.
2.
the opening that it covers.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or like a trapdoor.
Also called drop.
Origin of trapdoor
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English trappe dore. See trap1, door
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  • They went toward the middle of the island, where they dug for a considerable time, after which they lifted up a trapdoor.

  • He stepped to a corner of the room and by a ring he raised a trapdoor.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The trapdoor had been left open, and I thought that was the place it came through.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • At this juncture, Pierre and Paul Lanier emerge from a trapdoor, cutting off escape.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • A trapdoor, shaped something like the profile of an ordinary milk bottle, was opening in the white globe just outside their plane.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • There was a trapdoor in the floor that was right over the river.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
  • Upon this the shadowy arms enveloped Alizon, the trapdoor flew open, and the figure disappeared with its inanimate burthen.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Again he followed, mounting by a ladder, through a trapdoor on to the roof.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • And I recognized your voice the minute that the trapdoor opened and I heard it!

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy

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