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1. A trap for large animals in which a heavy weight is arranged to fall on and kill or disable the prey.
2. A mass of fallen timber and tangled brush.
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(Hunting) a type of trap, used esp for catching large animals, in which a heavy weight falls to crush the prey. Also called: downfall
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1. a trap, esp. for large game, in which a weight falls on and crushes the prey.
2. a mass of brush and fallen trees.
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