death trap


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death trap

Something, usually a building, vehicle, or road, that is considered to be very dangerous. Between the worn brake pads and the loose steering wheel, that car is a death trap. The house was in such bad condition that the contractor wouldn't allow his workers inside because he thought it was a death trap.
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First, due to the uncertainty stemming from the death trap provision, the plan was not fair and equitable in its treatment of equity holders.
The RAC's John Franklin said: "An untested car is a potential death trap.
My only fear was that I had lent him a death trap and I might be held responsible for the by-election" - Tory MP Desmond Swayne, David Cameron's Commons aide, on lending Mr Cameron his bicycle after the party leader's was stolen.
30am and it's not like the weather reports didn't predict it and yet once again that road is left to be a death trap.
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Mark Townsend, who is a shop worker at Calders outfitters in Duke Street, Cardiff, said: 'This is a really good idea because cars drive so fast down Castle Street that it is a death trap.
A court was told he was doing 61mph in a 40mph zone and his powerful BMW was a death trap with faulty brakes and tyres.
Passing sentence, Judge Michael Challinor told him: "This hotel, in any view, was a death trap.
The actor also starred in Broadway productions of Pride And Prejudice, The Crucible and Death Trap.
The lack of traffic signals makes this place a death trap - and there is an accident almost every day.
A NEW town bypass could become a death trap, the Government has been warned.
AN electrician whose botched job left a couple living in a potential death trap has been slammed by a judge.