trap door


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trap door

n
1. a door or flap flush with and covering an opening, esp in a ceiling
2. the opening so covered
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Noun1.trap door - a hinged or sliding door in a floor or ceilingtrap door - a hinged or sliding door in a floor or ceiling
door - a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle; "he knocked on the door"; "he slammed the door as he left"
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Translations

trap door

nFalltür f; (Theat) → Versenkung f
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trap door

nbotola
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References in classic literature ?
It was reached by a trap door in the middle of the floor, from which a ladder led down into the small, dark hole.
Aunt Em, badly frightened, threw open the trap door in the floor and climbed down the ladder into the small, dark hole.
Once Toto got too near the open trap door, and fell in; and at first the little girl thought she had lost him.
For days and nights at a time Virginia never saw him, his meals being passed in to him by Sing through a small trap door that had been cut in the partition wall of the "court of mystery" as von Horn had christened the section of the camp devoted to the professor's experimentations.
Sing Lee who stood just without the trap door through which he was about to pass Professor Maxon's evening meal to him could not be blamed for overhearing the conversation, though it may have been culpable in him in making no effort to divulge his presence, and possibly equally unpraiseworthy, as well as lacking in romance, to attribute the doctor's avowal to his knowledge of the heavy chest.
A moment later Sing's knock aroused Professor Maxon from the reverie into which he had fallen, and he stepped to the trap door to receive his evening meal.
Now there was a trap door {169} on the wall, while at one end of the pavement {170} there was an exit leading to a narrow passage, and this exit was closed by a well-made door.
He was standing near towards the trap door, {174} and held his lyre in his hand.
He gave no sign; but when the low step gliding along the curbstone came to his feet he dodged in skilfully in front of the big turning wheel, and spoke up through the little trap door almost before the man gazing supinely ahead from his perch was aware of having been boarded by a fare.
Tendering a coin through the trap door the fare slipped out and away, leaving an effect of uncanny, eccentric ghastliness upon the driver's mind.
Emily Begg was housebound for three months after falling down the trap door while RB Wilson Electrical employees carried out rewiring works at her home in Ballater, Aberdeenshire.
Yelling in the tune of Mission Impossible or James Bond, and saying "I owe you one." The sounds of people kicking doors, handcuff keys, shackles, arguments, hunger strikes, people yelling for grievances, guys playing chess cell-to-cell yelling out their next move, refusing to cuff up, holding the trap door hostage, flooding cells, breaking fire sprinklers, chaos within a city within a city.