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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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The worksite has become a death trap because hardly a day goes by without the loss of human lives.
Part II presents the split in authority regarding whether death traps defy the boundaries of the Bankruptcy Code.
The shocking statistics show some of our most well-used thoroughfares are potential death traps.
Any animal can be killed in these death traps, including protected wild animals such as otters and even cats and dogs.
Light, I explained was crucial to avoiding real potential social death traps such as orange jaw, Touche Eclat overload and fake tan-itis.
But people don't realise that inland water sites, like the reservoir, or Stowe Pool, can be death traps, which is why we are urging everybody to keep out of the water.
OFFICE kitchens are being turned into death traps by slovenly staff, experts warn.
Good judgment is essential for technical canyoneering, especially as flash floods can turn canyons into death traps in areas where you can't climb out.
Despite their reputation as omnivorous death traps, these plants don't secrete any flesh-eating enzymes within their traps, Miller notes.
Research shows that many lorries become death traps, with birds suffering stress from being either too hot or too cold.
They've (the federal government) cut off our ears with the rail service and we're stuck with lousy roads to Toronto which are death traps.
Simultaneous Command directs the actions of four human characters, with the player switching from character to character on the fly to battle swarms of zombies, either one-on-one or by luring them in groups into ghastly death traps.
Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money from turning houses and flats into potential death traps.
He added that the four remaining residents, who paid PS50 a week for rooms on the first floor, would have faced a series of death traps if they needed to flee the filthy and flammable building.
There's no magic wand, but if David Cameron comes to power he'd better produce something to make hospitals safe, clean places, properly run - not the death traps they've become.