a death trap

a death trap

a building, road, or vehicle which is very dangerous and which could cause people to die The whole house was a death trap with faulty gas fires, broken stairs, and bad wiring. The road becomes a death trap in icy weather.
See also: death, trap
References in classic literature ?
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.