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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.
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.
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.
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.
She's like a gentle little doe feeding on lilies--she doesn't dream of the pitfalls ahead of her.
About 4/5 of them are obtained by the pitfall and 1/5 caught by sweep netting.
To increase the effective diameter of the pitfall traps, we placed two wings on either side of them (Fig.
The 7 fields used in the pitfall trapping were sampled on 31 Mar 1995 and 5 of the fields were sampled on 4 Apr 1995.