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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 ?
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.
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.
Jokubas understood all the pitfalls of this new world, and could explain all of its mysteries; he could tell them the things they ought to have done in the different emergencies--and what was still more to the point, he could tell them what to do now.
Their speed was slow, however, because pitfalls were somewhat common, and had to be guarded against.
But the perilous journey on which she had now adventured herself had another end in view -- an end, dark and distant -- an end, with pitfalls hidden on the way to it, far other than the shallow pitfalls on the way to the stage.
Crupp confined herself to making pitfalls on the stairs, principally with pitchers, and endeavouring to delude Peggotty into breaking her legs.
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.
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.
The old staircase Is full of pitfalls, and the churlish moon Grows, like a miser, niggard of her beams, And hides her face behind a muslin mask As harlots do when they go forth to snare Some wretched soul in sin.
She's like a gentle little doe feeding on lilies--she doesn't dream of the pitfalls ahead of her.
he was a colt, rambling unchecked through the field of play-writing, ignorant of its pitfalls.
These they shot, or trapped in pitfalls, using the flesh for food, and, after their clothes wore out, the hides for clothing.