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pit·fall

 (pĭt′fôl′)
n.
1. An unapparent source of trouble or danger; a hidden hazard: "potential pitfalls stemming from their optimistic inflation assumptions" (New York Times).
2. A concealed hole in the ground that serves as a trap.

pitfall

(ˈpɪtˌfɔːl)
n
1. an unsuspected difficulty or danger
2. (Hunting) a trap in the form of a concealed pit, designed to catch men or wild animals
[Old English pytt pit1 + fealle trap]

pit•fall

(ˈpɪtˌfɔl)

n.
1. a lightly covered and unnoticeable pit prepared as a trap for people or animals.
2. any trap or danger for the unwary.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pitfall - an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
2.pitfall - a trap in the form of a concealed hole
trap - a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

pitfall

noun (usually plural) danger, difficulty, peril, catch, trap, hazard, drawback, snag, uphill (S. African), banana skin (informal) The pitfalls of working abroad are numerous.

pitfall

noun
A source of danger or difficulty not easily foreseen and avoided:
Translations
مَزْلَق، خَطَر كامِن
léčka
faldgrubefælde
csapdakelepceverem
gryfja, dulinn hætta
beklenmedik tehliketuzak

pitfall

[ˈpɪtfɔːl] N (fig) (= danger) → peligro m; (= problem) → dificultad f, escollo m
there are many pitfalls aheadhay muchos peligros por delante
it's a pitfall for the unwaryes una trampa para los imprudentes
how to avoid the pitfalls involved in buying a housecómo evitar las dificultades or los escollos que conlleva la compra de una casa
"Pitfalls of English""Escollos mpl del Inglés"

pitfall

[ˈpɪtfɔːl] n (= unsuspected difficulty or danger) → piège m, chausse-trape f

pitfall

n (fig)Falle f, → Fallstrick m; “Pitfalls of English”„Hauptschwierigkeiten der englischen Sprache

pitfall

[ˈpɪtˌfɔːl] n (fig) → tranello, trappola

pit1

(pit) noun
1. a large hole in the ground. The campers dug a pit for their rubbish.
2. a place from which minerals are dug, especially a coal-mine. a chalk-pit; He works at/down the pit.
3. a place beside a motor race track for repairing and refuelling racing cars. The leading car has gone into the pit(s).
verbpast tense, past participle ˈpitted
(with against) to set (a person or thing) against another in a fight, competition etc. He was pitted against a much stronger man.
ˈpitfall noun
a possible danger. She has managed to avoid most of the pitfalls of life.
References in classic literature ?
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
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.
The only offensive operation men ventured upon after that night was the preparation of mines and pitfalls, and even in that their energies were frantic and spasmodic.
Is it better to reveal the snares and pitfalls of life to the young and thoughtless traveller, or to cover them with branches and flowers?
We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country--its mountains and forests, its pitfalls and precipices, its marshes and swamps.
Crupp confined herself to making pitfalls on the stairs, principally with pitchers, and endeavouring to delude Peggotty into breaking her legs.
He was shrewd and calculating, he took note of the pitfalls he must avoid.
I knew the dangers and the pitfalls of John Barleycorn, the various ways by which he had tried to kill me in the past.
With a kind of religious fervor he had managed to go through the pitfalls of his youth and to remain virginal until after his marriage.