death trap

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death trap

n
1. a building, vehicle, etc, that is considered very unsafe
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The level above was a stretch of common turf on which the tracks of the fated car were plowed plainly enough; but the brink of it was broken as with rocky teeth; broken boulders of all shapes and sizes lay near the edge; it was almost incredible that any one could have deliberately driven into such a death trap, especially in broad daylight.
Unfortunately these safety measures have turned these abodes into death traps if a fire breaks out.
He is the head of the department who are responsible for the mess from Broadway West to Asda, the utter confusion at Salters Road, the death traps at Forsyth Road and Clayton Road.
In some terrible cases they have become death traps.
How can people lay intentional death traps for pet dogs?
These nets are death traps and kill many small birds, their feet and legs become entangled, either breaking legs or the birds are left to hang upside down and die a slow painful death Come on Coombe Abbey Country Park, get a grip, the feeding of our song birds is essential all year round and that is exemplary, but please discard the nets (responsibly).
THOUSANDS of homes are potential death traps because of badly fitted fireplaces, safety experts warn.
Poorly fitted fireplaces may have turned tens of thousands of homes in the UK into potential death traps.
Instead of draining water they have become blood draining nullah being death traps for the pedestrians.
Some worksites are death traps given the number of fatal accidents, obviously due to lack of safety measures.
Kanaan, who inspected the scene of the accident, said the roads have turned into death traps where the lives of many young men, fathers and mothers are wasted, adding that these tragedies should induce concerned officials to speed up the execution of projects.
Even worse, is the fact some of the vehicles stopped were potential death traps - putting the lives of unsuspecting passengers at risk.