Definition of Pitfall

1. Noun. An unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty.

Exact synonyms: Booby Trap
Generic synonyms: Difficulty



2. Noun. A trap in the form of a concealed hole.
Exact synonyms: Pit
Generic synonyms: Trap

Definition of Pitfall

1. n. A pit deceitfully covered to entrap wild beasts or men; a trap of any kind.

Definition of Pitfall

1. Noun. a potential problem, hazard, or danger that is easily encountered but not immediately obvious. ¹

2. Noun. (context: computing) An anti-pattern. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pitfall

1. a hidden danger or difficulty [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pitfall

pitchpole
pitchpoled
pitchpoles
pitchpoling
pitchside
pitchstone
pitcht
pitchwoman
pitchwomen
pitchwork
pitchy
piteous
piteously
piteousness
piteousnesses
pitfall (current term)
pitfalling
pitfalls
pitful
pitfuls
pith
pith hat
pith helmet
pith helmets
pithball
pithead
pitheads
pithec-
pithecanthropi

Literary usage of Pitfall

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1. The Ghost-dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890 by James Mooney (1896)
"I know, iu the pitfall — I know, iiv the pitfall — It is tallow they use in the pitfall, It is tallow they use in the pitfall. ..."

2. Proceedings by National Speech Arts Association (1893)
"IS ELOCUTIONARY TRAINING A pitfall TO THE STAGE ASPIRANT? BY VIRGIL ALONZO PINKLEY. WHEN I heard the opening prayer at this Convention I found that Dr. ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1888)
"1 mer of the latter year he fell into a pitfall on 12 July and was gored to death by a wild bull. A monument to his memory was erected in the churchyard at ..."

4. The Works of George Meredith by George Meredith (1896)
"CHAPTER XXXVI ANOTHER pitfall OF SENTIMENT THOUGH Mrs. Chump and Wilfrid, as they stood by the light of the lamp, saw no one, they themselves were seen. ..."

5. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1886)
"pitfall traps covered over with branches and leaves of trees. The bottom of the pit is filled with sharp bamboo spikes, so that any animal falling into it ..."

6. Reports of Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon by Oregon Supreme Court (1917)
"of feeding said horses, and to go upon the hay in said second story at and near that certain hole and pitfall hereinafter mentioned; that prior to said time ..."

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